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Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM

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Review Date: Dec 23, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $320.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Relatively light in weight, very Sharp wide-open at f/2, fast and quiet autofocus, very minimal ca at f/2, affordable(costs 1/3rd of 135L), well built.
Cons:
mfd, dust.

I have used this lens on ff and on crop and I have to say its wonderful. Very sharp at f/2, produces nice warm colors, and its af is very fast and quiet. I have had no issues focusing in low light with my xsi or 5D. I'm not a professional but I shoot alot of portraits for family, friends, and school. I was torn between the 85mm f/1.8 and this lens but decided to go with the 100mm f/2 as the 85 was to close to my 50mm f/1.4. Its light weight and compact so its easy to carry around. The price is quite attractive at $320-$360 compared to the 135L >$900. The only issue would be dust. I used it for about a week before getting a filter and then I noticed 2 dust specs inside the lens. It doesn't affect image quality so I guess its not big of a deal. For what I paid, I couldn't ask for any better. This is one of the best lenses I have used.

Shot on ff @ f/2:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/efua/4202494012/
Shot on crop @ f/2:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/efua/4035735058/in/set-72157622641546970/