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Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM

Review Date: Sep 23, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $5,199.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: image quality, weight, bokeh, contrast & sharpness at wide apertures

A ripper of a lens. I bought this to upgrade from the old 200/1.8 lens.

I bought this lens as the 200 1.8 is heavier, is a bit front heavy and no IS. I was having a real drama with in focus percentages with the old 200mm lens. In test shots and photos of my dogs and so on it was fine but when using it "in anger" at weddings sometimes my focus percentage was so low that eventually I was practically too scared to use it.

So I thought the 200/2 might be the ticket as I really do love using long fast aperture lenses for a lot of my wedding work.

Now I have the new 200 the following has happened ;

- The lens is noticeably lighter and better balanced. it is MUCH easier to handhold
- The IS works incredibly well. I'm using this guy in dark churches handheld at 1600 iso and the results are incredibly sharp.
- My in focus percentage is back up in the 90% range, even at f/2

worth every cent, though it is a bit annoying that the nikon version is so much cheaper.

There was nothing wrong with the picture quality of the old 1.8 lens. I think the 200 may have better contrast at f/2 but I never bothered to compare. I was happy with the optics of both lenses, but the f/2 version is just a lot easier to use.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

Review Date: Mar 30, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: image quality, colours, metering, AF speed & accuracy
AF point selection methods clumsy at best

Great camera. Noticeable step up in dynamic range from 5D's. The metering is superb, with barely any need to use exp compensation when in evaluative. Excellent results up to and including 1600 iso.

Has improved my in focus percentage as well, particularly at wide apertures. AF is very accurate and fast.

Though I intend to use raw mostly, the jpegs are top quality as well. AWB works very well.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Aug 26, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,496.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: great contrast and colour wide open. Excellent levels of sharpness. A good size physically, nice balanced and hefty - not like a normal 50mm.
Fairly expensive for a 50mm

I was a bit apprehensive buying this lens. So many horror stories of AF issues that I deliberate over it for a long time.

Finally bit the bullet and was very relieved when my first pack of photos uploaded on the computer.

At f/1.2 they had superb contrast and colour, and the bokeh is absolutely superb especially when you are very close to the subject.

Sharpness levels are very reasonable at f/1.2 and pickup dramatically at f/2

It's definitely not as sharp at f/1.2 as say, the 85mm is - but still more than acceptable, particularly for weddings which is where I'll be using it.

Very happy I bought this lens now. Wish I'd bought it sooner.

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Review Date: Jul 6, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,099.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Unbelievable image quality, sharpness at wild apertures, great bokeh, build quality, well balanced weight wise.
Expensive, but you get what you pay for.

This is an unbelievable lens and makes near anything you have look soft. The sharpness has to be seen to be believed, even looking at a 5D raw file at 100% the detail and sharpness is incredible.

The lens is also noteworthy due to it holding very high levels of sharpness and contrast at super wide apertures.