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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: Jun 23, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $625.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: extremely sharp on mk2
Cons:
none i can see

Very very sharp on the MK2...I see no difference between it and the 135/2...very nice lens and an easy carry...like the all black color also...

 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM

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Review Date: Oct 6, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,170.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: detail/color/background blur perfect
Cons:
very heavy and slow focusing you have to manually retract the lens at times...pain in the neck but worth the trouble as I wouldn't want to store it with the lens not retracted...seems like it would foul up the USM motor

This and the 300/2.8is are the two top lenses in my bag bar none.
Incredible detail with great focusing patience on the part of the shooter.
A heavy but unassuming lens...this is among Canons very best lenses.

Maybe the most used lens in my bag.
The Reb



 
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

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Review Date: Oct 6, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $875.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp
Cons:
not much sharper than the 24-70 at 35mm and I'm not sure it's sharper

Very good lens...very good color...sharp at all f stops
Great wide angle for a Canon Wide (which are not that great overall)
If you have a 24-70/2.8 you do not need this lens...
The Rebel


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Oct 6, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp at all apertures
Cons:
color is natural...probably good for most uses, but I would like a little more warmth in it.

Sharper than the 70-200 faster lenses...I agree with the ratings putting this lens a "few" percentage points above the 2.8 and the 2.8IS.

Smallish and light...an easy carry hand held where the 2.8 and the 2.8IS are somewhat heavy and require a larger bag.
I carry 2 cameras...the 24-70 on one and the 70-200/4 on the other in a very small casual bag.
Fabulous combination.

Easily one of the real bargains offered by Canon.

The Reb


 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Oct 6, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,225.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Detail and color almost as good as a fine prime
Cons:
Very heavy for a so-called "walk around" lens...The Tamron 28-75 fits this scenario much better

I'm normally Prime all the way...hated zooms...but this zoom is almost as good as a prime in color and detail...
The Reb

Update: A friend, whose advice I respect, advised me to get the Tamron 28-75/2.8....I did...it was sharper and the color/contrast better than the Canon 24-70. I sold the 24-70 and paid for the Tamron 28-70 and bought a Canon 135/2 with the remainder....forget the 24-70...waste of cash IMO.