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Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

ef135mmf_2l_1_
Review Date: Aug 22, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,250.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: very sharp even at 2.0, beautiful colours(!), fast AF - perfect sports lens!!
Cons:
absolutely none!

I sold my 70-200mm 2.8L after I bought this lens!!

Itīs a statement - as I had loved the 70/200..was my first L lens ever. Still, it didn`t hurt to sell it after all, because the 135/2.0L is a Canon masterpiece.

*The* indoor sports lens IMHO, but also a reliable companion for street photography, weddings,...

Tack sharp even at 2.0, very fast AF and beautiful colours (same league as my 300/4L)- what else can I say?
I love this lens...it makes one understand what that whole "prime" hype is all about - if you think your zoom lens is great, try this one and be amazed!


 
Canon EOS 40D

40d
Review Date: Aug 22, 2008 Recommend? | Price paid: $1.30

 
Pros: Variable ISO, very nice IQ even at higher ISOs, AF speed!, usability.
Cons:

The perfect reasonably priced camera body for gymnastics or other sports under difficult light conditions.

DigicIII processor is impressive!
Came from a 20D body - you can see/feel much more difference than from the 10D to the 20D.
AF speed is in a new league, and it is very silent - might also be interesting for street photographers.

See some results under the mentioned light conditions here:
www.pbase.com/turnbilder



 
Canon EOS 40D

40d
Review Date: Aug 22, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Compared to 20D: Variable ISO settings , IQ in general - especially at ISO 1000+, speed (!), also handling not only due to larger LCD
Cons:
Used to the 10 and 20 D, one tends to accidentally hit the menu button when changing lenses. ;)

I had used the 10D and 20D for several years, but needed better IQ at high ISOs as well as a bit more resolution to get decent print results even if I have to crop a (gymnast; hence the need for higher ISOs) picture.

What I didn`t expect and got "for free" was: speed!

Wow - you can almost "feel" the DigicIII processor, I had never thought about that when buying the body.
Thought it would be like changing from a 10D to a 20D - but the gain is beyond that! Starting up and (especially!) focussing is so much faster - very helpful if you do sports
photography.

With this price, you won`t go wrong if you`re looking for a nice camera body for sports shots under difficult light conditions - e.g. gymnastics.

Perfect companion: 135mm 2.0 L - check some results of this duo here: www.pbase.com/turnbilder