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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Feb 10, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very sharp and frankly hard to find fault.
Cons:
None

This lens is a revelation and perfoms well even wide open. Thoroughly recommended for full frame 5D digital.

 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Feb 10, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Well built, quick focussing, very useful zoom range, good close focus, E-TTL II compatible.
Cons:
Optical performance (in my early example)

Bought this with the Canon 5D after switching from a Contax SLR system. Also got the 50mm f1.8 lens and 85mm 1.8 so I am comparing performance with these primes. My 24-105 was an early model, subject to recall in the US (but not in the UK where mine was bought). I was expecting more of this lens which showed the flare problem of early versions of this lens, but more seriously also had problems resolving detail. I hope this was just a bad example and that later copies have improved. For the moment I've mounted my Contax Zeiss 35-70 via an adapter and this is a whole lot better optically, but far less convenient.