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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: May 14, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $330.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp wide open. Could be just my copy. Colours and contrast are good.
Cons:
Uses micro USM.

Surprisingly very sharp wide open. This is my second copy. The first was a direct opposite. It was fuzzy at f1.4.

Very nice standard view with the 5D. I would recommend it for FF users. It's a cheap alternative to the 35L and 24L for low light stuff.

Shot on a 5D wide open at f1.4 http://farm1.static.flickr.com/129/417400160_7cd751cb5c_o.jpg

Shot on a 1D wide open at f1.4.

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/205/494575286_6a7e9014c6_b.jpg


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Apr 7, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Way cheaper than IS version in my case. Very sharp wide open with a lot of contrast. Fast focussing and slightly lighter than the IS one. I save almost US$620 compared to if I had the IS.
Cons:
No-IS. Cannot shoot below 1/focal length in shutter speed. Heavier than the f4 version.

Very fast focussing. As sharp as the 135 f2L if I do not pixel-peep.Very versatile range. However, I would certainly need to bring along my monopod whenever I use this lens. It's heavy and can be prone to shake after a prolonged shoot, when my arms get tired. It's value for money as I save about US$620 compared to getting the IS one.

 
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye

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Review Date: Mar 25, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $645.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp at f2.8 with corners reasonably sharp. By f3.5, it is very sharp end to end. Images have good contrast and lens resolves details very well.
Cons:
No protective filter can be mounted. Again it's a 180 deg view.

True enough, my images were sharp wide open. Lens code is UU01XX, i.e. produced in January 2006. Possibly mopst of Canon's QC issues have been resolved in the last 2 years.

I like the wideness it produces and whilst it is meant to be a fisheye, using a de-barrelizer software, it can become an ultra wide-angle rectilinear picture. Should not be over-used as ohotos can become cliche.

Highly recommended if you see a need to shoot something different, especially roundish domes, shapes that are very wide and cry out to be shot with a fisheye lens.


 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Mar 5, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,165.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp even at f2.8. It's a zoom and at 24mm, don't compare the sharpness with a telephoto lens or prime lens. Very fasty AF with the 1-series cam. Allows very low light shooting that still freezes subject.
Cons:
None. Maybe only reach.

Great lens if you intend to move to flashless photography. The f4 of the 24-105 was the deal killer. f2.8 has better AF with 1-series cam with more vertical cross hair type sensors with lens brighter than or equal to f2.8.,

 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM

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Review Date: Mar 5, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Really sharp and most accurate AF amongst all my lenses. In fact dead accurate AF. Sharp even on the 1DMKII out of cam at default sharpness when taken RAW. Amazing Bokeh and shallow DOF. Better than the Nikon AFD 85 f1.4 in bokeh. Allows really low light shooting with shutter speeds that enable freezing action even in low light. Very good contrast and produces excellent out-of cam colours amongst all L lenses. The colours at times when shot wide open appears so surreal and so nice. Not too bad AF used on a 1-series.
Cons:
Slower than other lenses I own. Could be cheaper. But hey, it's f1.2 lens man!

Highly recommended. The 85f1.8 does not come close as it produces pictures as sharp but does not have the 3D 'pop' to the picture. Also the 85 f1.2 has better out-of-cam colours and contrast.