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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Feb 13, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $580.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness, color, contrast, weight and construction. Oh, and what a bargain.

Well I though I'd better finally weigh in on this lens. I bought
it when I bought my 30D in the spring of 06 so I've had time
enough to get personal with this lens. Sharp all the way through.
The color and contrast is just great. Built like a tank. I hear some
owners say that the hood looks awful but I think it looks just fine.
Works well and I never take it off. I really like its size, weight, and
portability when trekking on long hikes. I still wonder about that extra stop of the f/2.8 when the light gets low but for all the
pros of this lens I can live with the f/4. Very nice bokeh at long
focal lengths.

Now about 5 months ago I bought the 5D and strapped it to this lens and wow. I was even more impressed. What a combo.
The 5D's full frame is demanding as they say on lenses and I
do notice a little softness in the upper right corner wide open
at wider focal lengths. No major concern for me though.
The new IS does look tempting but my mono-pod will do
for now. I have thought about getting the f/2.8 IS version
of this lens but I will tell you this, I'm not letting this one go!

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Sep 12, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Razor sharp, sharp with a TC 1.4 also. Fast AF. Beautiful bokeh.
Maybe the weight but the rewards out number that.

I just recieved this lens two week ago so maybe i should have
waited a bit longer to review this lens. But i just cant keep quiet
about this fine piece of craftmanship. The minute i took it out
of the case i was amazed at how solid and well buit this lens is.
I could'nt wait so i strapped it to my 30D and out the door i went.
The AF is quick and quiet on the 30D, though i would really love
to marry it up with a 1DsII to see how fast it really goes. I can
only imagine, so i'll leave that part for those guys. The bokeh
and sharpness is the best so far. I own the Canon 17-40f/4L,
the 50mm f/1.4, the Canon 70-200f/4L and the just recent Canon 100 f/2.8 Macro. This 300 just walks all over them in every way.
Yeah, heavy but who cares. A lens like this you carry with pride.
I do wish there was some kind of flat lens cap for it, the one that
comes with it is a little awkward when you want to take it off and
on quite a bit. My uses your wondering? Well, not really. Just
been eye balling it for quite some time and wanted a fast zoom.
I almost went for one of the big guns but decided on this. If i
want the extra reach this lens is fast and sharp enough to
comfortably where a TC 1.4 or even a 2x. NO REGRETS! Go
out and get you one. You'll love it...

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: May 30, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $325.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great performer. Good build. Nice for portraits on a a 1.6 crop. Very good value. This is a must have for the price.
Nope, none from me.

Even though this is my first prime I can tell the difference straight away compared to my other two zooms. I bought this lens for
my 30D to fill the gap between my 17-40 and 70-200. This is a
fun lens. Great for low light situations though the the DOF gets really shallow. That depends on your distance and focal plain.
Like others have said before and I agree, this lens doesn't start
to really sing until f/2.8. I use it mainly for family portrait and
candid shots. Complaints? Nope, not from me. Great bargin.
For the price and the weight, a must have to keep in your bag.

1/4000s f/2.2 at 50.0mm iso100

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

Review Date: May 10, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: It would be so much more informitive if the people reviewing this lens would state the the camera they used, please!