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Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro

Review Date: May 29, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

Pros: Sharp & compact
Poor colour

It might be just my copy but I do feel this lens is overrated. Although it is very sharp I find the colour very harsh esp on skin tones which seem very cold, contrasty & white balance is out very often. Converted to B&W or sepia toned works well to escape the colour issue. Focusing in low light is maddening, I will probably buy abetter macro befor too long.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: May 29, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: IQ, challenges the user, Build quality.

There's no doubt that this lens is just fantastic. I've just shot 350 images at a wedding (hours ago) and after viewing them I am so stoked. Yes - it takes skill to use this lens, it not for the point & shooter. Focusing is challenging and the DOF is extremely shallow at 1.2 I would say that I nailed the focusing in 80% of the shots compared to about 90% with 17- 55 2.8 IS. I read volumes on this lens before buying it and quiet frankly I am amazed at how how some people have given it the thumbs down. I must say that I am using it on a 5D2 which it seems well paired to. The quality of some of my shots is I would say the best I've ever done at weddings and I've only used it once. I'm perhaps a bit over-excited about this lens but it really is the best thing I've done for my wedding photography. My only tip is you must really consider the shallow DOF when wide open and also you must really pay extra attention to focus - which we should be doing all the time anyway, some lenses make us lazy in this respect esp wider angle zoom lenses. The discipline this lens requires from the shooter is evident but it will make a better photographer of me for that reason.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Dec 14, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharpness

I'm used to havinf to sharpen giital photos in photoshop but hardly have to do this only when I make a focusing mistake. Have used this lens on several low light assignments and have had stunning results. Still missing the focus on occasions but manual focus is probably way to go on occasions like this.
An exceptionally excellent lens, beats my L zoom lens hands down on image quality.