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Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus

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Review Date: Jul 18, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: classic EF non USM lens - great feel, very comfortable to hold, especially with the hood (highly recommended!). The SF effects can be very subtle, such as improving the bokeh at f5.6 without the soft focus being visible in the foreground. Very sharp, very versatile. A winner!
Cons:
lens hood a bit loose on my copy (it's nearly 10 years old, though). Some CA in the corners.

this lens is very nice to use... the AF is quick, though not silent, and very accurate on the 5D.

I thought the soft focus feature would be a waste of space, but a small amount, say 1 at f4-5.6, give a nice glow very much like the old Zeiss Softar lenses that went on the Hasselblad and created a whole fashion look in the '70s. There's nothing else quite like it - as someone with an interest in fashion and beauty, this lens is a definite keeper.


 
Canon EF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

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Review Date: Aug 29, 2005 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: small, light, USM, very good in the center, good edges at f8+. Flare well controlled.
Cons:
Not very good edges wide open. On the 1D you see quite a lot of CA and purple fringing in the corners. Barrel distortion quite high.

I got this lens not expecting much, to replace a Sigma 20/1.8 I had never liked. I thought my Sigma 15-30 was sharp till I compared it to this... it's much better at all focal lengths, and has less flare and higher contrast.

It's not the sharpest lens, but the pictures have a lovely 3D look that I hadn't even realised was missing till I saw the results from this lens. The detail in the center is just amazing, especially considering the price. Highly recommended.


 
Canon EF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

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Review Date: Aug 28, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Small, light, contrasty and sharp, USM
Cons:
Some Chromatic Aberration, some purple fringing in the corners on the 1Dm2. Reasonably sharp at the edges, but not brilliant. Small aperture.

Got this lens to replace a Sigma 20/1.8, which I would never use above f5.6 - this lens at 20mm beats it easily. At f8 it's very sharp over most of the field, a bit soft in the corners with the 1.3x crop factor.

It's much sharper than the Sigma 15-30, and more contrasty, through it's whole range, but particularly at the longer end. However, where this lens excels is in the drawing of the image... it has a lovely 3D feel that give a 'film-like' image on digital. I'm very impressed with this lens for the price.

Phil