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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Feb 7, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Colour, Bokeh, Build, Size, Sharpness, Rendering
Needs a good AF System, Good firmware installed between the ears.

I've owned the 50 1.8 II, then the metal mount 1.8, then the 50 1.4 and finally found a good deal on the 1.2L. I used to find it frustrating to use on my old 5dc, however, that could be said for a lot of lenses. When they worked, the images were amazing, but there were lots of out of focus frames.

You need a Full Frame camera with a top notch AF system to get the most out of this lens. It absolutely SINGS on the 5dIII.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Feb 25, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharpness, colour, build quality, range (on FF), reliability, focus
weight (although pretty standard for a 2.8 zoom)

I have to give this lens top marks. This lens has been a workhorse for me and I highly recommend it to anyone needing the versatility of a mid-range fast aperture lens. Colours are fantastic and combined with a full-frame camera body the range is extremely versatile. I frequently find myself amazed at the image quality. It is sharp wide-open and by f4 I often am amazed that it is as sharp or sharper than many primes at comparable aperture. CA/Fringing is extremely well controlled, better than many of my primes in the same range.

This lens is a must for anyone shooting weddings and events. I am enjoying using L series primes more so these days because I have become a bit of a bokeh whore, but I don't think I'll be able to give this lens up.


Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Feb 10, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp wide open, color, contrast, bokeh, compact, lightweight,
None ... although it would be nice if it was weather sealed.

I just can't say enough good things about this lens. I have used it on many different camera bodies and it delivers every time.

I traded in my 70-200 2.8 IS for this lens, and while there are times I miss the versatility of the zoom, I just LOVE the images from this lens.

Buy it... you won't regret it. If you're getting bad images from this lens... work on your technique... or maybe consider giving up on photography all together Smile

Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L USM

Review Date: Feb 10, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharp, contrasty, nice color, relatively compact
CA, Inconsistent Performance, Slow AF under certain conditions (low light)

Everything you read about this lens is true. The good and the bad. My experience has been that the good far outweighs the bad. My copy is capable of amazing sharpness even at maximum aperture. However, at 1.4 it seems inconsistent... sometimes it is super sharp, sometimes soft and dreamy, it seems to vary with lighting conditions and subject distance. By f2.0 it is consistently sharp.

I am really not impressed with the amount of CA ... it was nearly a deal breaker for me as I noticed it when testing the lens and initially gave it a pass. However, after choosing to focus on the positive aspects of this lens, I decided to purchase. I'm glad I did! It is now one of my favorite and most used lenses (if not the most used).

I use this on a 5D and a 1DIV and I enjoy it on both. It's a great lens for "getting ready" wedding photos and general indoor / low light situations. I highly recommend it, although if you've got the coin and need the best possible IQ and/or weather sealing ... get the new version it's even better.