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Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Jan 10, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $950.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharp,fast focus,IS
Cons:
size

This is an exceptional lens....the sharpness,handling and focus are outstanding..the IS is terrific and the build quality is first rate.I can only imagine what the 300 2.8 must be like if this lens is so incredibly good....the only disadvantage i can mention is size....having used the 200 2.8 previously this lens is alot bigger and more cumbersome...and of course white...that said i cant recommend the lens more highly if you seek this focal range...

 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM

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Review Date: Dec 15, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: tack sharp,incredible bokeh,low light ability
Cons:
none so far given the upside of the lens

This is truly an incredible lens...I have only had it for a couple of days now having bought it from a fellow FM'er.The possibilities are endless and from my observations so far the upside of this lens exceeds any other lens ive used....Let me state upfront that this lens requires more work and effort to get things just right and the 1.2 makes proper focus imperative.Wide open the lens is tack sharp but also requires incredible precision to make sure you get the shot right.About the focus,loads has been written about the slow focus of this lens and it is both true and false.The lens takes a long time to rotate when you go from focusing far away to close up but if you are shooting at a constant area the focus is not all that much slower than other canon lenses.I shoot alot of jazz and blues clubs and i cannot wait to use the lens in this setting where the distance will be essentially constant and as a result the focus shouldnt be a problem.On the other hand i wont attempt to use the lens for fast moving sports where you will be focusing all over the field at a rapid pace...i will use my 135 l for those shots....all in all i can see that this lens is going to keep me busy experiementing and learning and enjoying...

 
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

EF17-85
Review Date: Nov 1, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $549.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp,wide,IS
Cons:
slow

This is a marvelous lens,very underrated in my view....it would rate a 10 in my opinion if it were 4.0 throughout and if it wasnt only able to be used on 1.6 crop cameras...that said i love the wide angle at 17mm and i love the IS...i also own the new 24-105 and i have this lens for use when i need something a bit wider....this lens isnt up to the build quality of the L and it isnt quite as sharp but at half the cost it is quite a terrific performer and i dont have any problem using this lens at anytime.....recommended

 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Oct 7, 2005 Recommend? | Price paid: $1,249.00

 
Pros: sharpness,reach,build quality,IS
Cons:
none so far

im impressed...the lens is as sharp as my good copy of the 24-70 2.8 with additional reach and an incredibly effective IS...in fact,the IS works so well that it will be difficult for me to shoot with my other non-IS L len's.i see this lens spending alot of time on my 20d

 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Oct 7, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,249.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Lens build,sharpness,IS
Cons:
none as of yet

Perhaps I have gotten a superb copy of this lens but i must rave about it anyway.I currently own the 135 2.0,the 200 2.8,the 35 1.4,the 70-200 4.0 and i used to own the 70-200 2.8 IS and the 24-70 2.8 so i am no stranger to L len's.I have only owned this lens for a short time but so far I am thrilled.I find the sharpness on par with the 24-70,the build quality is typical L and the IS is truly exceptional.I was able to shoot pictures of very detailed objects at 1/10 second and get wonderfully sharp images.In fact,the IS works so well and is such a positive factor that i now find it difficult to use a non IS lens.This lens adds length to the 24-70,keeps the sharpness and adds invaluable IS which to me clinches the deal.Perhaps over time i will uncover problems but as of now Im a big fan.Yes,it is expensive but if you are serious about your photography it is worth it....a winner.

 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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Review Date: Oct 4, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $649.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: surprisingly sharp lens,excellent IS,light and easy to carry around
Cons:
build quality not up to L standards,but hey...it isnt an L

I own several L len's including the 70-200 4.0,the 200 2.8,135 2.0....I had the 24-70 2.8 which i sold and i await delivery of the new 24-105 Is....I have been hoping to find a less conspicuos lighter lens for some time that i could carry around easily without sacrificing image quality....this lens has terrific IS,the pictures Ive taken so far are quite sharp,the range is terrrific and the lens is a comfortable weight and size.I think this lens will prove to be exactly what im looking for when i travel to my kids school to take pictures of sporting events etc. without lugging around heavy conspicuous len's....so far im impressed

 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Apr 13, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,649.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharpness,focus speed,build...
Cons:
size,price

I owned the 70-200 4.0 and loved it but decided that I wanted the 2.8 and the IS...I also own the 24-70 2.8l and several primes....I am overwhelmed by this lens.I can literally shoot images that are excellent at 1/6 at times...sometimes im amazed when i look at them....in fact,i can shoot at slower shutter speeds with my 70-200 with IS than I can with my 24-70 2.8l....there is no question that the lens is big and heavy,but once you get used to it you take it for granted....it is expensive as well but so is a mercedes or a bmw......if you can afford it i recommend the lens as highly as i can.....

 

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