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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Aug 22, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great low light capabilities, fast focusing.
Cons:
No weather sealing.

This has become my favorite lens for people shots. I shoot a lot of musicians in concert scenarios and the 1.4 is extremely handy. Yes it's a little soft at 1.4, but that's what photoshop is for. The colors and contrast are amazing, I would put it on par with any L lens I have. The 1.8 version feels like a toy compared to this. Solid construction, reliable, light, small and amazing pictures make this a champion lens. If I lost this one I would replace it immediately.

 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Jul 29, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Amazing bokeh, colors are beautiful, sharp images right out of the camera.
Cons:
Heavy, but that's about it.

I have a 70-200L 4.0 but I felt the need for the 2.8 due to the fact that I shoot in a lot of low-light or natural light environments, i.e. concerts, etc.

I originally purchsed the 24-70L 2.8 but found it to have terrible focusing problems on my 10D and the noise levels above ISO 400 was way too much and not what I expected for an 'L' lens.

So back to the store I went and picked up this beauty. I did some test shots at ISO 1600 indoors, with minimal lighting, and the pictures came out beautifully. Very sharp and contrasty, almost a creamy look to the images.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this lens. I chose it over the IS version because frankly my subject matter never really stands still. Also, I like to be able to pay rent.