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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

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Review Date: Feb 19, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Super high-contrast for this focal length; excellent resolution stopped down; very bright viewfinder image due to the huge maximum aperture; super-fast focusing; built like a tank.
Cons:
It will provoke envy from those who know what it is, and cannot afford it but wish they could.

I'll just confirm what most others have said here: this is a very distinguished, and distinctive, lens.

Extremely bright viewfinder at f1.4 max aperture, of course; gorgeous focus selectivity at same; very high contrast regardless of aperture, and wonderful resolution between f2.0 and f11.

The lens provides a luminous, liquid quality to the images you can take with it.

Its heft and balance on a 5D is perfect, to the point where I can take shots if I'm careful at a shutter speed of 1/15th of a second, at f1.4, and still get viable results, if I'm not looking for razor sharpness.