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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

85II
Review Date: Jun 25, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Same thing everyone else has said... color, creamy bokeh, sharpness.
Cons:
Price of course! Weight. Danger of dinging rear element. Just be cautious about working with the lens and you will be okay.

I do not want to re-hash what everyone has already said about this lens. I recently sold my 85mm f/1.8 to get this lens and wondered if the price differential was worth it. You can just visit the 85L thread in the Canon forum to see the results of this lens for yourself. The f/1.8 is an awesome lens for the money... but if you get a chance you will find the f/1.2L is worth every penny of its premium price.

Just some observations about the lens. It is gargantuan compared to the 85mm f/1.8. Size and weight wise. But I use it on a 40D and it feels real balanced. It might feel awkward on a smaller camera like the Xti's. The lens probably feels right at home on the 5D, but does a fine job on a 1.6X camera.

As others have said the rear element is nearly flush with the mount. Be prepared to baby the lens. Build wise it feel like a tank but just be cautious when removing or putting on the lens.







 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Oct 17, 2007 Recommend? | Price paid: $979.00

 
Pros: nice build quality, sharpness (expected of an L lense), color/saturationis excellent. Weighs just a tad bit more than the Tamron 28-75 I replaced.
Cons:
Not f/2.8... and for a $1000 lens I would expect something a little nicer that a pouch to store the lens in. I've bought $200 sigma lenses that have nice padded cases!

As yo will notice when you buy this lens... there is a struggle to decide between this and the 24-70L. Sorry I cannot help with that struggle, although I was in the same boat.

I don't do weddings but do a lot of outdoor portraits. So this lens made sense for me because of the range. The IS is handy but that is not what sold me on this lens. I like it because it is also a little smaller and lighter than the 24-70L.

After using it over the weekend and taking quite a few pictures for the local cheerleading squads... I think I made the right choice. Excellent color and saturation and very sharp pictures. This lens has definitely reduced the number of photos I need to post process.

So far I am really liking this lens. As usual with me I regretted ordering this lens over the 24-70L once I pushed the button. But not so much now I have it in my hands.


 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Oct 17, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $985.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Amazed at the sharpness and color/saturation. Build quality excellent. Not much heavier than my old Tamron 28-75.
Cons:
Not f/2.8. This is a $1000 lens... I paid $149 for a Sigma 70-300 that came with a very nice padded case. Instead you get a pouch.

I was torn between this lens and the slightly more expensive 24-70L. I finally decided I wanted the extra 35mm and IS (not to mention the slightly smaller size and lighter weight). So far I have not needed the f/2.8 but have taken advantage of the IS.

Check out google and you will see how many people cannot decide which is better for thier needs. I may end up buying a 24-70L F/2.8 as well!

I bought this lens for outdoor portraits. I don't do weddings so any indoor shooting I do would be with lights. From the shots I have taken, I can only say the colors and quality are amazing. I had a sharp copy of the tamron 28-75... but still that lens required a lot more post processing. I shot maybe 100 cheerleader photos this last weekend and I only had to touch about 3 or 4 photos.

I wish I could help you decide the 24-70L versus 28-105 conundrum. As you will google it comes down to f/2.8 versus f/4.0 and IS (plus the extra 35mm).

I am very pleased with this lens.


 
Tamron 28-75MM F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)

2875mm
Review Date: Sep 20, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $349.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: picture quality...very sharp even at F/2.8. Buy from a licensed dealer and get a 6 year warranty.
Cons:
28mm may make you miss some shots on the wide end, but there is always the Tamron 17-50!

So I own a Canon 70-200mm F/28L lens. To be honest there are some conditions you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between this Tamron and the L glass. Could just be my photography skills, but I am very impressed with this lens.

The only thing to not like about this lens is the 28-75 range. Some people may prefer it to be a little wider. I've got that covered by a Tokina 12-24mm... but something to consider. And as I mentioned above... Tamron also has the 17-50 but its about $75 more than this lens.

Otherwise this is an awesome lens to own and it stays on my 30D for the majority of the time.

Comes with a 6 year warranty. I have only owned this lens a short while, so I have not had to deal with Tamron regarding repairs. I would research that before taking the 6 year warranty into account.