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Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8

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Review Date: Jun 13, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Opens new doors for creativity.
Cons:
Learning curve for good exposure. Canon notice is not very helpful in this.

The most incredible lens I've got. Surprisingly versatile. I first bought it for shooting flowers (I had been impressed by Nori works posted here in the "articles" section).
Eventually I use it much more than my 24 TS which I had been begging for for such a long time...
Used with TCs and tubes, it is a great setup for macro.
I didn't expect to use it for landscapes, but the Shift movement allows for easy panos.
Sharpness is great but overall, you can play with the Out Of Focus area: you can minimize it, or maximize it, move the focus plane (almost) wherever you want, ...
With this one, I mostly use the Tilt movement while with the 24 TS I find the Shift more useful... and it's a lot more fun!
I find the angle finder C pretty useful with TS lenses, the x2.5 is really welcome for manual focusing (my sight is not any more what it used to be...)
Although not L, it is sharper than the 24 TS...


 
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM

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Review Date: Jun 13, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Built. Sharpness. Sharpness. Sharpness. Compatibility with TCs. Internal focus. Collar. Working distance.
Cons:
Weight.

I've been so happy for so many years with my 100 macro thay I long didn't feel any need for this one. Eventually I got one used, compulsively I would say.
But Oh my God! What a lens!
This is a real winner.
For macro of course, the working distance is simply great. Never dreamed before of making macro so comfortable.
Compatibility with Tcs. With the x1.4 is excellent (even x2 but I don't recommend it except when high IQ is not the point). With TC and tubes together, it still works fine (on a good tripod), you then almost have a microscope!!...
Internal focus is a real plus. The lens has a constant length and can't be suspected to suck any dust in.
I also often use it for portraits. Wide open, the sharpness is impressive and you get a dreamy bokeh.
Built like weaponery, it's heavy though and not so easy to shoot handheld (I almost never...).
The price? Yes, it's not a cheap lens, but when you have it in hands, you know that you are not holding a cheap lens...