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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM

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Review Date: Aug 12, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $890.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Amazing bokeh - never seen anything like it before from any other lens. Its fast, its razor sharp and at f/1.2 it produces distinct images which sets it in a class of its own. Just got it only very recently but it seems to be quickly becoming my favourite piece of Canon glass. Simply unbeatable for indoor photography without flash. I like the indentation in the rear of the lens barrel - makes it really comfortable to hold and focus manually.
Cons:
Slowwwwwww autofocus and heavy as a canon-ball. The rear lens is flush with the rear plate and you need to be really careful when mounting it. The electronic contacts actually sits on the rear glass itself !!! The front extends outwards when focussing and you need to always remember to retract it completely by setting the focus to infinity when storing the lens.



 
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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Review Date: Dec 20, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Very useful and versatile zoom range for Nature photography. Image Stabilizer is a plus point, Good Price to Performance Ratio. Fully extended, it is a sexy accessory to attract envious glances from other photographers. I'm only a serious amateur and hobbyist and for my non commercial purposes, it also shoots extremely acceptable pictures.
Cons:
Auto-focus doesn't work with my 1.4x Extender. Weight. Unlike my EF 70-200L F2.8 IS, the length of the lens increases as you zoom the lens. Autofocussing also not as crisp as the 70-200. In terms of my personal perception of "picture quality", it loses out to the 70-200.

I've only had this lens for a week and have been playing with it shooting some birds in the Wetlands near my home. Thus far I'm extremely pleased with the results. I've posted a couple of Bird shots from about 50 meters handheld under the thread A Malaysian Milky Stork in the Nature section.
I tried photographing a stork in flight but werent too successful. Got to get used to the weight, which gets very noticeable after a couple of hours.