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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Review Date: Jul 3, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: It'sight and small. Can be as versatille as a standard zoom, but in a different way. Also different is the fact that it sucks light like a black hole. There's always enought light with this, on a 5DII
Nothing I can think of by now.

I had a very sharp copy of the 24-70L since the days I shot with an APSC-sensor camera. Although I loved that amazing lens, I ended up selling it a few days after I bought the 35L.

Before I got the 35L, I always thought that I prefered to shoot with longer lenses, and after I went fullframe, I was only using the 24-70L when the environment absolutely had to register in the picture.

And if I liked a shot taken at a those wider angles, it was because of the colors, or because of the cool scenery, or the composition. But that "magic" I got with the longer lenses, it was never there.

Until I bought the 35L. It has the amazing capacity to give the magical, 3D-like shallow DOF, without the compression of the longer lenses. It was like a new world to me. I loved that look! I also found that I could easily shorten the distance-to-subject in order to get similar framing up to 70mm-ish. Sure, the perspective and compression is not the same, but the shallow depth of field and the beautiful bokeh makes isolation about the same. I never thought that I coud do headshots at 35mm, but turns out they look awesome.

Regarding sharpness and colors, I dont see a big improvement from my 24-70L, but that's actually a very good thing! The most incredible thing is how sharp it remains at f/1.4 (very sharp)! Also, it has much less purple fringing than my 85f/1.8.

I don't care that the barrel is made of plastic. It is good and solid kind of plastic. It feels great. Focusing ring is damp and has lots of travel. It is small and light.

You'll love it.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Review Date: Nov 10, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast and accurate AF, solid as a rock, internal zooming, super useful range, super useful IS, much less heavy than I thought. Weather sealing, Iris with 8 rounded blades, prime-level sharpness with heavenly bokeh. Zero chromatic aberration.
None, You'll love it.

I love the lens. Not that heavy at all. If you can handle the 24-70L, you can tame this one as well.

First of all, it is a good looking piece of glass. Feels good too. Never seen a fucusing ring so smooth. No play at all on the rings. The new hood is much more resistent to scratches and locks nicely. It's well balanced and produces beautiful, deep color. The reds are especially vivid.

Sharpness is more than enough: comparable to primes. Bokeh is super smooth. Subject isolation is something amazing. Didn't found any scenario where OOF zones were harsh.

I was about to buy the 135L and with the spare money I could have had the 35L too. But I'm glad I didn't! Never shot anything longer than 85mm on a crop body until now, and I gotta say, it's kinda hard. If you are moving a lot, kneeling, standing, walking fast, your hands get shaky with the faster heartbeats. IS is a great help at weddings and photoshoots!

In my experience, weddings and photoshoots are events in wich people are either posing (and therefore, they can cooperate with you, and usually, can hold a pose still enough) or are unaware of you, and you're trying to get candid shots (you have to wait for the golden moment and usually it's not fast action) In those scenarios, 4 stop IS beats the 1 stop advantage, big time.

About the white color, I don't care about it being attention-grabbing. I am proud to own such a fine lens, I don't mind anyone to see it. Stealth photography is not my thing, thou. If it was,the lens color and size might have been a concern.