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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Nov 11, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $410.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharp, contrast, close-up shooting, fast focus, lightweight, build quality, f/2.8
hood is espensive, size is a little big

At the beginning, I just bought this lens for the triple rebate and did not intend to keep it. But after a few test shots, I decided to keep it. How can I let such a gorgeous lens go?!!!

I am not particularly interested in macro photography. But this lens is versatile enough to be a nice portrait lens. Close-up capability grants me many chances to take unusual portraits. Auto-focus is super fast thanks to the ring USM, and it is fairly usable for macro photography. Images are superb sharp - a tiny wrinkle on your wife/girlfriend's face could be exaggerated into the grand caynon. Nah! But keep in mind that bokeh is not as good as other portrait lens like 85 f/1.8 and 135 f/2. Build quality feels good - though not as solid as an L. I am also surprised at its light weight for the size.

Overall, this is one of those must-have. After triple rebate, it is not as expensive as before. I'm now looking for a hood since it is necessary for macro photography - but it is expensive!

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: Nov 8, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $265.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharp, contrast, f/1.4, USM, build quality
expensive (before triple rebate), focus hunts in low light

I got this lens to replace the 50mm f/1.8 II. It is much sharper than 50mm f/1.8 II at f/1.8 and f/2.8! Contrast looks better than 50mm f/1.8 II as well. USM focus is fast - though not as fast as ring USM. I like f/1.4 a lot for low light condition. Build quality is good at this price range.

My biggest complain is the price. Even with triple rebate, it is still a little expensive. Hope the price could be $230 - $250. Focus tends to hunt at low light condition.

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

Review Date: Nov 4, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $565.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: superb sharp! great color, contrast and bokeh. build quality. instant focus. relatively lightweight. f/2.8. cheap.
absolutely none

My first L lens after reading quite a lot of reviews of many different telephoto lens. Still was shocked at its performance. The images by this lens is obviously sharper than by 85mm f/1.8, with very pleasant bokeh, not to mention the color and contrast. I would not just say the color, contrast and bokeh are nice. They are GREAT! Couldn't think if they can be any better. Focus is very fast. Built like a tank, but still relatively light. At this price (after triple rebate), I cannot find any thing better.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Nov 4, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharp, fast focus, nice bokeh, build quality, light weight
color not as vivid as L

Have owned this lens for 10 months. Very happy at its performance. I will not repeat all the positive reviews about thie lens again. Simply put, it's my favorite lens for portrait. I also shot stage activities (low light) once - the images are awesome even wide open!

My only regret of this lens is that the color is not as good as L. But for the price paid, really should not complain about it.


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