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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: Apr 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: the usual color contrast Blah blah, but also backrgound subject isolation at smaller aperatures, and weight.
plastic body-I think, but for optics this freakin fantastic for $300? WHO CARES!!?

when I go out and shoot and I dont want to carry lots of equipment, or stand out like a sore thumb, I use only this lens, and get some amazing results, when you limit yourself with one focal length, your creativity starts flowing, and it shows when you get your film or dig back. I cant believe the L quality colors, contrast, and sharpnes that comes out of this lens. Canon has almost all but stopped selling the 50 f1 L because pros prefer this lens. why pay $1000 for 0.4 more, plus a pound or two in bulk.
Use this lens exclusivly for a couple of shoots and you will rethink your dependence on zooms.

Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM

Review Date: Apr 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: everything, Sharp, color contrast, etc. GOD this lens makes beautiful macro shots
AF Freakin sucks, yes I expected that in a macro, but still, it pisses me off to use AF on this thing because it is so slow, and half the time I wind up releasing the shutter tryinng to get the AF to finish focusing.

Beautifull photos, sucky AF, but I baught this lens for Macro work not sports so I can forgive this.

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Apr 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Love it, smooth like butter, bright, sharp, briliant color from edge to edge.
skill not included

yum, its all ben said in the previous reviews, nice peice of glass

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Apr 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, Contrast, COLOR!!!, zoom almost as good as primes, nice portrate at 70mm, god bless the macro; you can get to within inches of your subject, saturation, did I mention color? weather seals, build quality,
weighs a ton, 2.1 Lbs (doesnt sound like a lot by it's self but couple that with the rest of your gear and your starting to think about the 28-70 L, but then you look at your pics with the 24-70 and feel good again. oh yeah the price sucks too, but you get what you pay for.

I read a lot of reviews before buying this lens, there where a lot of people that said that it was soft and heavy and pricy and blah blah blah. and yeah it is heavy and pricy, but I have taken some of the most beautiful photos in my portfolio with this lens. it gives an excelent, surrealistic background blur at 70mm f4. To the people who complain about this lens.... Garbage in Garbage out, dont blame your lens. I recomend "Rent BEFORE you Buy".
heavy? yes but I get the feeling that this lens will LAST LAST and LAST. Canon crammed soooo many cool features into this lens, of course it weighs a ton, there is a lot of glass in there. Ill never need to buy a 24-70 again. for walk around snapshots though, I prefer my 50mm 1.4.
I think the other complaint was price, yes and ouch, but this lens is designed for photojournalists who need to change focal length fast, or pros shooting weddings where the same speedy constraints apply, so unless you are planning on making money with your shots, buy the sigma.
I have to say I love this lens.