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Canon EOS 1D Mark III

1DmkIII
Review Date: Nov 9, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Autofocus Accuracy, Image Quality up to 3,200 ISO, Build, Functionality, Speed
Cons:
Negative aura

Fantastic camera which rivals the 1ds MII in image quality and bests it in speed. Simply a "can-do" everything camera. Amazing photographic tool.

 
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

ef_35_14_1_
Review Date: Oct 25, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,150.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast AF & Sharp & Compact & f/1.4!
Cons:
If you learn how to use it there are no negative aspects of this lens.

This lens deserves its legendary status. For those of you who say this lens is "soft" wide open I suggest you send it back to Canon for fine-tuning or check your camera settings or your technique. I sent mine to Canon telling them I wanted it to be as sharp as possible at f/1.4 and the little bit of fine tuning they did turned this lens into a monster. I have never used Leica M series or Zeiss optics but I can't imagine anything mounted on a 35mm body that has much better sharpness, color or contrast than this lens. What would that look like?

At $1,150 this lens used to be considered expensive but can that still be said compared to Canon's starting prices for the newer zooms, especially those of the f/4 IS variety?

If you want to create works of art - or just take drop dead gorgeous pictures - I suggest you give this lens a try.