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Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

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

 
Pros: Wide and sharp! Close focusing range.
Cons:
f4

This lense is my first venture in to the wider end of things... I still have a tendency to zoom into things though this lens was a bit awkward to get used to at first... but the close focusing difference more than makes up for it!... very sharp lens... wish it was faster... but still recommended!



 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Mar 25, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast and sharp even in very low-light conditions!... 'comforatable' to use.
Cons:
none

I recently got this lens and... WOW! Last night I had a chance to use it in a very dark club on my 20D @ ISO 3200, no flash... after checking my images this morning I was blown away!... I did not think it was possible to get clean shots in such an environment! The AF was bang on and the images (though grainy) caught a fair bit of detail. I am thoroughly impressed!

Highly recommended!



 
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

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

 
Pros: RAZOR sharp!!!
Cons:
AF could be a little faster and it hunts in low light...

This lens in amazingly sharp! On my camera in doing some tests with my other lenses I think this one is perhaps the sharpest of the bunch. I don't always use this lens as a macro so in other non-macro situations I love that it has such a close focussing distance. This adds much to its versatility.

If the focus was faster and more sensitive(?) (less hunting) this lens would be on my camera the majority of the time... great for portraits but a little unreliable for candids... (but hey... it IS a macro lens).

I recently discovered that when used with a 1.4tc it gets VERY interesting!...

...a definite thumbs up!


 
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: Mar 25, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp and fast!... less awkward and obvious that the 70-200 Ls ... great with a 1.4tc...
Cons:
none

I had a 70-200 f2.8 non-IS (for a short while) and a 70-200 f4... in the end I gave them up for this lens and have not looked back since... at one point I would have considered the f2.8 again but for the price and my shooting style this is the clear winner...

As I shoot in low light conditions much of the time the extra stop has allowed me more flexibility and I am getting shots I could not get with the f4 (to be fair ... I am also using a 20D now instead of a 10D and this has also made a huge difference for me)... this lens makes sharp and clean images, great contrast and bokeh, and i don't even have to zoom! :D

Primes aren't for everyone... but if you are in to primes and want an excellent lens with longer reach... this is the one!





 
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

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

 
Pros: fast and sharp!... great bokeh... 'comfortable' to hand-hold
Cons:
none really... (wish list - closer focusing distance... but i would say that about all of my lenses except the 100 macro, 17-40, and 28-75 XR)

This is a great lens that I am starting to absolutely love... I have slowly switched over to primes (with a couple of exceptions) and the 135 f2 another reason to do so... it is super quick and ever so sharp! The image results are stunning... at first i just noticed that images with this lens were 'different' (based on test subjects that i have shot with my other lenses)... when I got a chance to zoom in in post processing then I saw the difference!!...

I also find the size 'comfortable' to work with... it is on the larger side but a little easier to manage than the 200 f2.8...

I definitely look forward to getting better at shooting with this lens!

expensive... but highly recommended!