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Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L USM

ef50mmf_10l_1_
Review Date: Feb 6, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,000.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Widest aperture available for 35mm, bokeh, color, build quality, accurate focus
Cons:
Price, heavy.

Cons - The lens is incredibly expensive in new condition. Rather large and heavy for a 50mm lens. Focus speed is slightly faster than 85mm f/1.2L mk II, in other words, slow. Lens flares easily when shooting into the sun. Barrel distortion evident.

Pros - 1.0 is amazing. Shooting in near darkness, capturing the otherwise uncapturable. The colors are beautifully rendered in tones and saturation. Build quality is excellent, and focus is accurate, snapping with confidence.

Mixed - Lens is not as sharp as the 85mm 1.2Ls, but sharper or sharp as the 50mm 1.2 in the samples I owned/tested. Lens vignettes HEAVILY in many lighting conditions, beautiful for vintage photos/portraits, but easily can annoy those who don't like vignetting. Very low contrast, which I love, but if you like snappy photos/jpeg out of camera, well you might need to turn up the contrast settings.



 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

ef50lusm
Review Date: Jan 1, 2008 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 3 

 
Pros: The lens has nice quality finish, bokeh is nice and colors are vivid.
Cons:
It doesn't focus properly. Not very sharp.



 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

28-75mm
Review Date: Mar 14, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $310.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Lightweight, versatile, sharp, cheap!!!
Cons:
Build quality is not that great. Feel like plastic kit lens 18-55.

This is my little workhorse, always on my camera, studio, outdoor, always fun! Great bokeh, lightweight, close-focusing. Will I ever need any other lens? :-)