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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: May 23, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp, Great IQ, Affordable, AF A+, works in low lighting

Even though I don't have much use for 50mm I still love using this little lens. I've almost gotten rid of all my canon lens and I'm still resistant on selling this little jewel. This lens is perfecting for shooting indoors and low lighted areas. This is the sharpest AF I have come across, and even made my 17-40L look rather soft.

I may add to my 50mm arsenal when I finally upgrade bodies, but I don't think I will ever get rid of this useful lens. One of the only lens that actually exceeded my expectations and one of the best value for the quality of image it produces.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: May 9, 2010 Recommend? no | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Colors vibrant. Light weight. Great Walk-around lens range for a crop.
Lacks sharpness. Cheap entry level L.

Regardless of it's bargain value of being one of the most affordable entry level Ls', in addition to it's light weight & great walk-around range; I cannot recommend this lens. The lack of sharpness doused any sort love I had for this almost perfect lens.

I tested this lens only on my 40D, so I am not completely convinced that the lens may have been out of tolerance. However, from the many sample photos I've seen, this does not seem to be an isolated event. Die hard Canon and 17-40L lovers may disagree with me; but there it is.

I plan to hold out for a better sealed version of the way overpriced 17-55. In the meanwhile, I will be satisfied with replacing this L with the Tamron 17-50, while still having plenty left over to build up my kit of primes. Zeiss 35/2, Canon 50 f/1.4....and hopefully Canon 85 f/1.8, Zeiss 100/2 & Zeiss 35-70.