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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

85II
Review Date: Jan 13, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: insanely sharp from F2.0,bokeh,colors,handling
Cons:
suffers from CA (especially in harsh light) when stopped down below F2, slower AF then other L class lenses

insanely sharp from F2.0, the bokeh is unmatched as are the colors. I own several L class primes and zooms but none match the image quality delivered by the 85L. it also feels nice to handle, its a big heavy lens but easy to hold. I love my 70-200 2.8 IS but its a pain to work with because of the weight. This lens because of its shorter lenght does not give me that problem.

its AF is not the fastest. shooting kids is doable but not when they are running, it just cant keep up. when you use this lens in harsh sunlight it tends to flare. not the best time of day to take pictures but I've run into it a couple of times. by comparison the 35L does a much better job here. other then that I have zero complaints.

Overall (for me) I think this lens was well worth the investment. I use it on every occasion/shoot.


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

ef70-200_28lisu_1_
Review Date: Dec 17, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: very sharp, fast, versatile, great colors, buildquality
Cons:
the weight, dear god the weight

We are on mixed terms, this lens and me. I love it and hate it. Produces great images, excellent focal length and versatality (in its range) especially on a FF body. I have used it on a canon 30D/40D/5DMKII and found the images produced by this lens on all cameras to be excellent in terms of color/sharpness. The IS is a handy build in tool. You can handhold this lens at ridiculous low shutter speeds and still get tac sharp images. In terms of use, after 2 years this lens still surprises me (in a good way Smile )

But.....this lens has one very big downside and that is the weight. For me this is the main reason I dont keep it on my camera for too long a time. I'd never part with it but everyone who is lookin out to buy this lens I would recommend to rent one first and see if the weight is an issue for you. The F4 version of this lens is equally sharp and has considerably less weight, but its F4. I personally need the 2.8 since I photograph a lot of stuff indoor and cant always fall back on flash.

Conclusion, its an awesome piece of equipment and I still have to say you cant go wrong with it if you choose to buy it. Just consider the weight!