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Zeiss 35mm f/2 Distagon T*

35mm
Review Date: May 10, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,017.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Vivid colors, sharp details, manual focus.
Cons:
I didn't buy it sooner.

As my kids would say. OMG! I've been shooting the Canon 35mm L lens on my 5D Mark ii and switched to this lens. I love the manual focus - it connects me back to what I am shooting. Get the matte focusing glass and you will never have to guess what is in focus again. I took a street photo of an artist and the colors and detail leap off the page. I am so happy with this purchase.

 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

70-300mm
Review Date: Dec 13, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Brilliant optical quality, handholdable, fast, quiet autofocus
Cons:
Way too expensive, odd placement of zoom ring, variable aperture

I took this lens for a 1 week test drive (rented from Borrowlenses.com). Optically the lens performed as advertised. No complaints there. While heavy, the weight was well balanced with my 5DMII. Fast, quiet autofocus.

So what are the complaints? The price! It is a lot of money for what you get (and what you don't get - an extra $200 for a tripod collar, seriously?). The zoom ring is at the front of the lens which makes hitting the focus ring while you are zooming difficult to avoid. The aperture remains at F4.0 only until 100MM when it switches to f4.5; 150mm to f5.0 and about 225mm to f5.6. Finally, did I mention the price?

Bottom line, I'm sticking with my Canon 70-200mm F4.0 L IS USM AF and a 1.4 teleconverter. The 70-200 F4.0L IS is a brilliant lens, much lighter, much cheaper, and comes with a tripod collar. In my tests, this lens with the 1.4 teleconverter was optically equal to the 70-300 at 280MM.