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Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L USM

ef50mmf_10l_1_
Review Date: Jun 12, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,650.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Amazing bokeh and excellent IQ. A real low light monster.
Cons:
The price and very slow AF

The 50 f/1.0 is nothing short of amazing. This lens has a very distinctive look and the images that it generates are absolute magic. My copy is supprisingly sharp wide open and improves slightly when stopped down. It has very noticeable vignetting wide open to about f/2. It will also flare easily into the sun or other bright points of light. These to qualities where actually something I was looking for so I don't consider them negatives. The lens delivers a timeless, flattering look to portraits. The 50 1.0L pairs nicely to the 5D2 which makes the combo useable in almost near darkness and also gives the ability to correct for the vignetting if so desired. The only real negative of this lens for me is the slow AF. Don't use this lens for chasing toddlers or sports action. The size, weight, and design/build is almost identical to the 85L. The price is worth every penny if this on your list.

 
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

EF10-22
Review Date: Feb 25, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $740.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Excellent IQ, one of Canon's "hidden L's", light weight, good build quality, and ring USM, best choice for crop bodies, good price.
Cons:
Vignetting can sometimes be an issue, but not too severe. If you use a UV/protective filter do not stack ND's or other filters. Variable apperature. Extreme corners can be slightly soft. Zoom ring is not very well dampened.

The 10-22 is a very good WA lens. Effectively it is a 16-35 on FF, making it a very useful FL range. IQ is very good. Sharpness is good across the frame until the extreme edges. Contrast an color are L quality. It is light weight and handles nicely. The only real negative of this lens is some vignetting. It's not always a problem, but will be noticed when shooting solid colors such as walls or blue skies. Overall this lens is an excellent choice for any crop body shooter.