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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: May 14, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Good resolution; illumination falloff and overall performance already acceptable at full aperture.
Cons:
Some lateral color; suboptimal contrast.

The lens is sharp enough and there is little to complain. Still I must subtract one point for the small amount of residual lateral color and one point for the moderate contrast.

 
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

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Review Date: Mar 18, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Close focus performance; distortion correction.
Cons:
Corner performance; residual chromatic aberration.

A good performer. There is remarkably little (barrel) distortion for such a lens and the performance at close focus is excellent. Owing to the floating element, a large aperture such as f/2 can be used with full confidence to make a subject stand out against a pleasingly blurred background. At infinity focus (e.g. landscapes) the performance is just decent, with a routine contrast and resolution. The very image corners on a full-frame sensor require an aperture of f/8 or smaller to become acceptably sharp. There is also some residual later color, which is not unusual in a retrofocus wideangle lens design.