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Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

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Review Date: Dec 20, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $870.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp wide open.
Cons:
None.

Wide open on FF: no CA, very sharp and a hardly perceptible vignetting.
Nice build quality. Fast AF. Beautiful bokeh.


 
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Dec 23, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,120.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Size and weight, image quality, IS, build quality (good hood and tripod mount) close focus distance.
Cons:
AF not so fast.

Very nice lens.
My first IS lens, and I really like it!


 
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Nov 7, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $680.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build quality, image quality, price, fast and silent focus.
Cons:
Hood

Excelent lens. Not my favorite just because I like primes more.

 
Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro Autofocus SP AF

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Review Date: Apr 26, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $690.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness and contrast. 1:1 macro and more with acessories. Bokeh. Very smooth manual focus ring.
Cons:
Not good (but useable) AF.

-Amazing lens for macro and portraits. Not good for sports.
-Sharp wide open!
-Very good build quality (my references: canon 35/2 and 85/1.8).
-Very good working distance at 1:1 macro.
-I can do 2.5:1 and 5.5:1 magnifications with reversed 85/1.8 and 35/2.
-Perfect size and weight with my digital rebel.
-Not tried on the tripod yet, so I cant talk about tripod mount.

UPDATE: yes, the tripod mount is not perfect.


 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Jan 5, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $340.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, perfect portrait lens with 1.6 FOV, bright, very fast AF, good build quality.
Cons:
None. Just caution with large apertures: small DOF.

Sharp @1.8, very sharp @2.8 and more.

 
Canon EF 35mm f/2

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Review Date: Dec 23, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $240.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: very sharp, good contrast, "normal" look on 1.6 camera, close focus, inexpensive, very low (or none) distortion and SMALL.
Cons:
none.

Really like this lens for full body portraits and abstracts. ISO 1600 and f/2 is a powerful combination.