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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: Apr 30, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $264.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Wonderful brokeh, very fast AF and sharpness ; well built
No hood. It's really offensive that canon does not include a hood with this premium priced 50mm lens. I guess they know they can sucker another $30 out of a fair number of buyers for this type lens.

I purchased this lens refurbished from Canon. That was the only reason I bought the f/1.4 instead of the f/1.8.

However, I'm glad I did. The USM, twice the light vs f/1.8 and full time manual turned out to be mor important than I thought. The other reason is that the 50mm focal length is perfect for my indoor picture taking which is virtually all portraits - this is a keeper lens. Finally, I am just thrilled with my Canon 30D and would have been disappointed to attached a cheap f/1.8 lens to it.

Bottom line is, if you know you like 50mm and will use if often, just buy this one instead of the cheap f/1.8 (never seen it but I hear it's badly built).

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

Review Date: Apr 30, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $630.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, Fast AF and surprisingly compact. Comes with a hood
Really disappointed that it does not come with a tripod/monopod ring. It's an optional $80 or so bucks.

I bought this len instead of the 70-200L IS for two reason - (1) I almost always go on the long end in this range and (2) the price and compactness is much much better than the 70-200L IS.

The one thing I was concerned about was the lack of IS. Well, it turns out I never needed it for my shooting style and I am surprised just how well a monopod works to stabilize. This is one of my favorite portrait and sports lens. I have taken great portraits, razor sharpand handheld.

I am surprised so many here purchased this lens under $500. Great buy. if you are considering the 70-200mm L IS, I guess the only advice is to really look at whether you need that zoom range and you really go long from the get go. That's an $800 decision but clearly the IS is a nice to have.