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Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T*

50mm
Review Date: Apr 3, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: color rendition, bokeh, build quality
Cons:
focus shift, this is actually F2.0 lens.

I just owned for a week and yesterday I used it on a safari park trip, exclusively full day. I was aware that this lens is manual focus before I bought it, so I do not put manual focus as a cons here.

Good things:
- Very unique color rendition and bokeh. I own L prime lenses: 24LII, 85L, 100L, and this CZ lens deliver different color and bokeh. I think this is more about personal taste.
- This CZ lens is also tack sharp, but only after F2,0.
- Build quality is excellent, body and hood are made from metal. But since there is no rubber sealing in the mount, this lens can not be categorized as weather sealed.
- Focus ring is smooth and precise.

Bad things:
- F1.4-F2.0 are quite soft, but still useable (I am not pixelpeeper).
- Focus shift. It happens if one changes the aperture during focusing. Solution: set the aperture before focusing or use focus bracketing.
- Terrible flare control. Only 50L better in this regard.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

ef50mmf_18_1_
Review Date: Sep 1, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $100.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: great IQ, sharp, cheap
Cons:
for this price?? none really

you can't go wrong with this lens

 
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM

EF24_14LII
Review Date: Aug 21, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: tack sharp, beautiful color rendition, dof control (F1.4!), suitable for low light shooting, superb build, perfect combination for crop camera (38mm equivalent - near to normal human vision)
Cons:
oh well, it's not cheap but you get for what you pay. if you're serious about photography, you need to throw a lot of money. in addition to that, it made me regret purchasing zoom lenses.

I've owned this for 5 months and now this is my walkaround lense with my 7D.

Initially I planned to purchase 35L (equivalent with normal 48mm in crop camera) but after I compared with 24L II, I immediately fell for 24LII. 24LII has better color rendition, sharper, better flare control, and weather sealed than 35L. I've used this lens with my 7D under light rain and they performed very well!

24L has indirectly made my photography better, because it forced me to engage my subjects closer and be more creative (especially with wide aperture). i think that's the best thing about prime lense, other than sharper and better IQ than zoom lenses.

Attached to crop camera, it is 38mm equivalent, near normal human vision thus making composition faster (what you see is what you get) and better (again, it pushes you to be creative). it is also great for low light photography.

in overall, this is a great lense. not sure how they will improve 24LIII in the future but for sure, this lens has been able to put me away from using full frame camera - for the moment Smile