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Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

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Review Date: Mar 27, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp, fast AF speed, good contrast and color.
Cons:
None so far.

I have waited for this lens for a long time (always out of stock in Hong Kong). It is a wonderful lens. As mentioned by others, the 135F2L is one of the sharpest lenses of Canon. This one is a must if you are a prime lover.

The 135F2L delivers very good images even using my old 300D. Should have wonderful result if it is mounted on a 5D or 1D series body.

You may check out some of my below par shots using this lens from my gallery.

Caveman
http://www.pbase.com/caveman_lee


 
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: Oct 28, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp, fast focus, great color and contrast, black, relatively light weight (when compare with the white L zoom)
Cons:
a bit long on a 1.6x camera.

This is a very sharp prime. Great for taking outdoor/street portrait. Also a good head-hunter when using with 580EX for indoor event.

The color and contrast are great, "L" standard for sure. This prime sometimes makes me feel that my 300D could not fully utilize the sharpness and resolution render by this lens.

Samples photos of my beloved 200 F2.8L are collected in the link below:
http://www.pbase.com/caveman_lee/canon_200_f28l

Warning: this lens spoils you ! You will keep wanting to buy other "L" primes, such as 85 F1.2L and 135 F2L, after using this lens. You will not forgive yourself for getting less than razor sharp image with this lens (hand shaking, low shutter speed, etc.).

Caveman
http://www.pbase.com/caveman_lee


 
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Sep 25, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: sharp, good color and contrast, light weight
Cons:
the lens hood is nearly useless. Some distortion over the edge, but not series in my 300D.

This is a very decent WA lens given the price. Sharp at F4 and very sharp when stop down. The most pleasing aspects are that the color retention and contract are very good. These make the key differences between it and the kit lens.

 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Sep 25, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very sharp, relatively light weight, inexpensive (when compare with the "L" lenses), fast focus, F1.8
Cons:
slightly soft at F1.8 (but still rather sharp)

I worked with this lens for over 6 months. It is a very fast and sharp lens with rather good bokeh. Given the price, it is a very good lens for portrait and low light conditions. You need to go for those famous "L" primes (like the 85 F1.2L, 135 F2L and 200 F2.8L) to beat the sharpness of this lens.

Caveman
http://www.pbase.com/caveman_lee