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Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

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Review Date: Aug 24, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: The bokeh, feel, focus
Cons:
none

Tested focus in store using 5dii and outer focus points at my preferred portrait distances..... wow, dead on.

This lens really works for me. Use it a lot. Really like its drawing style..... Focuses quickly enough that I never use the Canon 85 1.8 anymore.


 
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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Review Date: Feb 19, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: 100-400mm and IS and plenty sharp
Cons:
It can get tiring after 6 hours in hot sun...

When I first got the lens I tried all sorts of informal tests on tripod, with and without is, etc... trying to see if it would focus, if it was sharp, etc. Probably wasted my time. This is a later date code lens and as it turned out the normal pictures I took with the lens were more than acceptable. Plenty sharp and great focus. This lens is only used during the daylight hours and outside. Great outdoor sports lens, zoo lens, wildlife lens. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I love the push and pull, wish all zooms had them because for me it works fast.

 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Feb 19, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Range, built quality, IS
Cons:

This lens has a phenomenal focal range... I have used it to shoot weddings, and events in tight quarters. The only lens I take to a museum! Dropped the lens from about 2 and a half feet onto the concrete on airport parking lot. It bounced a little and the hood is now scratched up. I worried about it but it still took the shots I needed. So far I haven't seen any problem in the way it works. I'd say I was lucky on that one.

 
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Feb 19, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: This lens works very well, focuses and gives great results
Cons:
microcontrast isn't as good as some other lenses near this focal length

This lens works great on a 1.6 crop, it gives you a nice normal angle of view. I have shot lots of events with it and it didn't disappoint. I've also used it wide open for full body portraiture and it works for that. On a full frame, stopping it down to f5.6 or f8 gave results that were quite acceptable in corners... This lens is great for using as normal on crop or an in betweener on full frame (in between 24mm and 35mm). The focus on this lens works well. The only problem is that I don't use it much because it can't compete with my other lenses. But it is a solid lens for anyone on a budget.

 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Feb 19, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: great portrait lens on a budget
Cons:
none

This lens is bang for the buck. I like its construction and feel, it is real nice. I started shooting it at f2.2 to ensure lens sharpness and just a touch of added DOF, but shooting at f1.8 does work well also. Use it for portraiture only... Considering the price and what it does, it ranks right at the top.

 
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM

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Review Date: Feb 19, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Awesome lens... use it mostly between f1.4 and f2.8
Cons:
none

Have been using the 24mm focal length for 35 years... it is my walk around favorite, along with 50mm focal and 24-105... I use this mostly at night because it has great low light focusing and aperture. I've had the Canon 24 for just over a year... A real sweet lens.

 
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

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Review Date: Feb 19, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $984.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: After two years of use, the lens is phenomenal.... shoot mostly at f2
Cons:
not a con, but one with an IS option could be nice.