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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Oct 27, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,250.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Focus is spot on most of the time. Very sharp.

I ordered it from BH Photo after I dropped my 50 1.4 on the floor. On my 5d the focus is dead on most of the time, but it does mis-focus from time to time, as did my 50 1.4 and my 85 1.8. Did the AF test with a ruler I printed from the web at 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 2.8 and 5,6 and AF was accurate. My belief is that there was a design flaw with the first batch, and fixed for subsequent batches.

Would I recomend this lens? Well, I would recomend my copy of this lens.

Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

Review Date: Dec 22, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Price, Sharp at F4, IQ (sharpness and contrast) is on par with the Canon 24-70L from f5.6!!!
Unusable at f2.8, (but if you don't use 2.8 then it's not a problem)

Gave mine to a friend when I got my Canon 24-7 2.8L, I really needed F2.8 and the tamron just couldn't deliver at F2.8! I did to comparison shots between the two lenses, and from F5.6 this lens is on par with the canon. If you don't need a metal shell, weather sealing, USM and don't shoot at 2.8, then by all means, get this lens. When it comes to IQ, tamron is VERY serious!!!

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Dec 22, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, Contrast, build, reverse zooming mechanism.
Wish it was a bit smaller

I've taken thousands of pictures with this lens on my 5d I'm amazed by the image quality. I upgraded from the Tamron 28-75 F28 DI bla bla bla bla... and it was worth every penny. I loved the Tamron, but this one has a much better build, focussing mechanism, and IQ! I must admit that at F/5.6 I could hardly tell the difference between the two lens, Canon having a slight advantage, but I shoot mostly F/2.8 and this is where the Tamron fails. The Tamron was MUCH to soft at F2.8. If you are on a budget and shoot mostly F4 or higher, get the Tamron, else get the Canon, you won't regret it.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Dec 22, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, Contrast
Size, weight

Traided in my 70-200 f4L for his lens and don't regret it a bit.
It's MUCH shaper and has IS. Very versatile, especialy on my 5d!