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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Sep 7, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,250.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast focusing, sharp, very lightweight, cheap alternative to the f/2.8 version if you can live with f/4.
Cons:
NONE!

I decided on the f/4. I was against the f/2.8 because it's twice the price, twice the weight and a fatter lens. (Then again, you need more glass for f/2.8...)

I've been very impressed with the image quality. Every image I've taken has been razor sharp, with no noticeable CA. It's light enough to carry around on hikes without noticing the weight, which is very nice when you're going for 6+ miles. The size is small enough that it can fit in a small bag without taking up a lot of room.

It's definitely not a lens for low light situations, but I only use this lens outdoors anyway, so I don't care. For indoors, I use my fast primes.

It also works great with the 1.4x TC.


 
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

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Review Date: Mar 24, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent for low light, VERY sharp (even at f/1.4), built like a tank, fast AF, great focal length for crop bodies
Cons:
Price, lens hood is bit tight (design issue?), no weather seal (minor issue I can easily live with, but nice to have of course)

My lens code is UZ0106, for what's it worth.

I bought this lens as for low light and as a walk-around lens on my 450D. I now have Canon's "Holy Trinity".

This lens is incredibly sharp, even at f/1.4. It's built like a tank and feels very solid. The manual focus is excellent, and the AF is always spot on. I really like it's relatively small size, which makes it less conspicuous.

The bokeh is incredibly smooth, and the colors are excellent.

Two gripes:
1) The price tag ($1400) is a bit steep, but I guess you get what you pay for...
2) The lens hood is very tight, and I'm unable to reverse it for storage. I noticed this on a rental as well. Perhaps something with the design? I'm afraid to twist any further, as I don't want to break the lens hood.


 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Jun 21, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $375.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp, excellent bokeh, fast focus, gives excellent pictures even at f/2. Lightweight - don't even know it's attached.
Cons:
You will see some CA at f/1.8, but goes away from f/2.2 onwards. Not a problem for me, as a rarely (if ever) use f/1.8.

I use this as a medium telephoto, largely for portraits and as a walk around lens. It's a bit on the long side on 1.6 crop cameras (I have an XSi) when using it as a walk around lens, but it works pretty well.

The 3 foot minimum focusing distances takes some time to get used to, since some of my other lenses have much shorter focusing distances.

Simply put - no complaints and an excellent lens for the price. Excellent bang for the buck.


 
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

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Review Date: Jun 21, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Razor sharp, even wide open at f/2. Fast focus speed, excellent color contrast, incredible bokeh. This lens is simply perfect!
Cons:
None whatsoever!

This lens is simply incredible. I use this with an XSi, and it works very well for telephoto and portrait use. It lives up to its reputation as a sharp lens - I get incredibly sharp pictures at f/2 with no post processing.

The colors are very nice, and the bokeh is jaw-dropping good. This is a must have for a lens kit. Money well spent.


 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Feb 3, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,275.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Built like a tank. Very sharp pictures. Excellent and very quiet auto-focus, even in low light. The color is simply incredible.
Cons:
Price could be a bit lower, but you're paying for that f2.8 aperture. The lens is heavy, but not *that* bad.

This is my first L lens. I've been very happy with it. The zoom range is very versatile for my needs, and pretty much covers about 90% of the shots that I take.

I take a lot of low light and indoor pictures, so that f2.8 makes all the difference.

The pictures are simply incredible - I'm seeing details that really come out. They're all tack sharp with vivid color. It's easy to see why so many professionals use this lens. This is definitely a "must have" lens, even though it's a little expensive.

Get a neoprene camera strap, as this will take some of the weight off and make it feel considerably lighter. Your neck will thank you.