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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

ef50lusm
Review Date: Nov 16, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: The 50L is truly my go to lens and creates beautiful images. I especially love the boken when shot between F1.4-2.0. Whether shooting portraits or product, I haven't been disappointed.
Cons:
It's priced at 3x the price of the Canon EF50/1.4.

I have never been disappointed with the results of shooting with this lens. You may be tempted to shoot wide open with it but will find that F1.4-2.0 to render quite beautiful results.

 
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

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Review Date: Aug 17, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $970.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Color rendition and contrast
Cons:
None

After years of owning standard EF lenses, I have recently upgraded to multiple L lenses. The latest has been the 35L and it may be my favorite. Those that comment on its wide open performance may have unrealistic expectations. Just about every lens lacks at maximum aperture, add user error trying to focus at such a DOF and AF was not designed to work at F1.4. If you want maximum quality, great contrast and great low light performance this lens is for you.

 
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

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Review Date: Jan 14, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,500.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Resolution, build quality, processing speed, full frame sensor.
Cons:
The DPP software.

I upgraded from the original 1Ds to the 1Ds2 recently. It's amazing how much faster this camera writes files compared to the previous version. The buffer empties faster, no long waits for the camera to catch up. The files are very clean, even in the shadow areas.

 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Feb 14, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $295.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: The 1.4 is a solidly built lens. The boken is very pleasant and sharp from F2.0 and up. A relatively low price for the speed. The build quality is much better than the 1.8II.
Cons:
Rarely can you achieve a truly sharp image at F1.4.

I traded up from the 1.8II version when I bought a FF body. The 1.8II plastic lens mount instilled no confidence and I'm happy to have sold it. I am very happy with the boken and the 1.4 is sharper compared to the previous lens. The viewfinder is a bit brighter which makes manual focus easier. I rarely use autofocus in my work, so I cannot comment on it's focusing speed.

 
Canon EOS 1Ds

21Ds
Review Date: Dec 2, 2006 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: High resolution, full frame sensor, 1 series build, quality of files.
Cons:
The sensor attracts more dust than the 1D and 1D2 and processing time is slower than the other 1D bodies.

I am in heaven, after using the Canon 1D and then a Canon 1D2 I have moved up to a 1Ds. Yes, the technology is older than the 1D2 but my work has benefited from it's features. The larger files, full frame sensor which gives you a 1.0 factor and true percpective of lenses are well suited to my product and fashion work. A one gig card holds more than 80 RAW files and the 3 frames a second is plenty.

If you are a Photojournalist or Sports Photographer, I would recommend the 1D2 or 1D2n. But if you are looking for an affordable body without the 1Ds2 sticker shock and clean used 1Ds is a great choice.


 
Canon EOS 1Ds

21Ds
Review Date: Nov 30, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Full frame, high resolution and a 1 series build. I just aquired a 1Ds with 22K actuations on it's shutter and am very happy with the files it produces. I had a 1D2, but needed higher resolution and full frame and have no regrets.
Cons:
The sensor does attract more dust than the 1D and 1D2, but I see no problem with regular maintainence and care outside the studio.