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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

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Review Date: Apr 17, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Color, contrast, sharpness (once a bit stopped down), bokeh, AF.
Cons:
A bit too soft wide open. Not cheap...

Before buying this lens I had tried some other 50s: a Canon 1.4 (pretty good lens for the price), a Leica f2/Summicron (very nice color and contrast rendering, but I wanted something faster) and an old (Contax) Carl Zeiss 1.4 (very nice as well, but lacking AF was not so nice, as it happened with the Leica). I must confess that I was kept away the 50L because of its bad reputation. There was so much bashing about this lens (too soft, erratic AF...) that it always seemed too expensive to me. At last, I found a used one in mint condition, so I bought it. Now I am very happy! I've found that I feel more and more comfortable every time with this focal length, understanding why it is called "natural" or "normal", and I'm using it most of the time. In my opinion, it gives to the pictures that magic, distinctive "L" touch which makes people say "wow" when they see them.

 
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Jun 16, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast aperture, fast and accurate AF, sharpness (no matter which aperture), color, contrast, bokeh..., IS (although I barely use it)
Cons:
Yes, it's bulky and it's expensive, but you can't really expect such a lens to be cheap and lightweight...

This is my workhorse for sports. It always amaze me. Perhaps one of the very best lenses of all the Canon line-up, i.e., one of the best lenses in the world...

 
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

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Review Date: Jun 16, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: fast aperture, size, weight, fast and accurate AF, sharpness, sharpness wide open, color, contrast, bokeh, PRICE!... EVERYTHING!
Cons:
are you kidding, aren't you?

Perhaps this is the best value in all the Canon L lenses line-up. A superb performer with an incredibly good price. If you haven't got it yet, what the heck are you waiting for?

 
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

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Review Date: Jun 16, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness, color, contrast.
Cons:
None.

If you are a photographer, you MUST learn to shoot with a 35mm lens. And if you are a Canon photographer, you MUST choose this gem.

 
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

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Review Date: Feb 2, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: 1D body, AF speed, AF accuracy, color rendering, quality of the noise (film-like)
Cons:
Well, price.

I got rid of my 1D MK III and I'm using the 1Ds M III instead. I can't be happier. Sometimes I miss the 10 fps feature, since 5 is really a bit slow for sports, but, well, I still prefer 5 perfectly focused 21 Mp images rather than a burst of 10 with 3-4 out of focus 10 Mp ones...

 
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II

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Review Date: Sep 20, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness, overall image quality, lack of CA, extended shifting capabilities, build quality, design (it's nice!), independent shift/tilt
Cons:
None. Well, it is not exactly cheap...

After using the 24 TS-E I, which is still a good lens, the Mark II will amaze you. Kudos for Canon engineering!

As others have said, this may be, with ease, the best wide angle lens ever built by any brand for 35mm photography...


 
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L

17tse
Review Date: Aug 30, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Uniqueness, sharpness, overall image quality, build quality, lack of CA, lack of distortion, wideness.
Cons:
Expensive, wideness (sometimes...), unprotected frontal element, no filters.

This is a truly unique lens: I'm glad Canon did it! With it, Canon shooters can achieve certain imagery that no other people using SRLs can...

The image quality is simply stunning. After using it, all my other TS-E lenses (the 24 Mk I and even the 45) seem lemons.

Of course, corner sharpness, if shifted/tilted, is not the same, but anyway the images are amazing.

It's very hard to hand hold the lens, even with an appropriate focus screen, but, well, any serious architectural work can hardly be done without a tripod...


 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

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Review Date: Jan 28, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image quality (stunning, unique!), BOKEH
Cons:
Still slow AF, not cheap...

I was very happy with the Mark I version of this lens (apart from some lack of accuracy when focusing wide open and the well known AF slowness), but I had the chance to get a mint Mark II sample at a very sweet price and now I'm even happier, since AF is noticeably faster and I think that also more accurate. I find that image quality is the same for both versions.

This lens is unique, a world apart, specially for using it wide open (I think that from f2.8 or 4 it's hard to say the difference between the L lens and the very good and much cheaper 85 1.8).

I love it!



 
Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8

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Review Date: Jan 27, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build quality, image quality, creative opportunities.
Cons:
Price, perhaps, but you can't really expect such a lens to be cheap

I can't understand why I didn't get such gem before! (Well, I needed the 24, and its mixed reviews prevented me to buy the lens for a long time: big mistake!). Since I got the 24, the so called "bad" one among the Canon TS-E collection, I was certain that I will buy all of them. Being architecture my main subject, I use the 24 more often than the 45, but the 45 is even better (IQ wise). Moreover, DoF studies are much more noticeable and the effects much more streaking with the 45 than with the 24, due to the longer focal length.
All in all, I am so pleased with this lens that the 90 will follow as soon as my credit card stops smoking!


 
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L

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Review Date: Jan 27, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Built like a tank, good image quality and, very specially, a wonderfully creative tool.
Cons:
It could be cheaper, couldn't it? :)

As other posters said, the mixed reviews of this lens had prevented me of getting it before. I was hesitating to invest so much money on a lens which was producing soft images, lots of CA, etc.... But, when finally I decided to bit the bullet, I gladly discovered that the lens is a real gem! My copy is really sharp, clearly sharper than both the 17-40 and the 16-35 (I) lenses I've owned, specially on the corners. And, yes, there is some amount of CA, but most WA lenses have it too and this one is not the worst by any mean, at least in my experience.
But, along with a good or very good IQ, you get an amazing tool for creativeness. I'm starting an architectural project and now I can't understand how I thought I could have accomplished it with the 16-35 lens... I am shooting everything again! And, last but not least, it is the tilt function, which is opening me a whole world of creative opportunities.
All in all, I am so pleased with this lens that I am thinking of getting rid of the 16-35 (totally ignored now!), and I've already bought the 45 TS-E. The 90 will follow as soon as my credit card stops smoking!


 
Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM

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Review Date: Oct 14, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: What can I add? Bokeh, sharpness, colors, contrast... everything in this lens is second to none. With no doubt, the best lens I've ever tried (and I own the 85L, the 35L and some other very fine glass...)
Cons:
Well, it's expensive, and it's discontinued.

I don't own this wonder, but I had the chance to use it for covering several soccer games. I used it with the x1.4 TC, and alone. With the TC, it became a stunning 280mm f2.5 lens. I couldn't see any image quality degradation. Alone, at the widest aperture, the bokeh is so beautiful and the subject pops up so much out of the frame that, every time I come back over the pictures I took with it, I am tempted to to a search for a nice sample... However, it's pricey and, so far, I've always had some other gear before it in my wish list.
But someday I will get one for sure. Just for the pure joy of taking photographs with it...


 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM

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Review Date: Aug 13, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Performance wide open (sharpness, color, contrast, bokeh...), image quality no matter the aperture.
Cons:
Quite expensive. Lazy AF.

Unfortunately, this wonder was borrowed to me by a friend. I said unfortunately, yes. Since then, I am no more happy with my so far beloved 85 1.8. Since then I only dream with getting this gem. Oh, my! Please, believe me, I have tried many many superb lenses and have owned quite a few of them (both Nikkor and Canon ones...), but I have never got so stuck on any...
Even if pricey, it is now on the top of my wish list...


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Dec 2, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Not expensive, very fast aperture, great colour/contrast rendition, decent bokeh
Cons:
Why the $%@&! doesn't Canon include hoods for lenses like this one??

This is a great lens. I like shooting indoors with available light, and I also love shallow DOF. I like the performance of this lens even at 1.4. I am really eager to get a 5D and using this lens, at last, according to its nature (it's a bit too large with the 1D M2).
Always in my bag (if not attached).