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Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jan 12, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: Solid build, extra-wide, 2.8
Is it worth all the cash?

I bought this lens about 3 months ago. To do so, I swapped some lenses around, including a 17-40.

The 16-35 has been great. Very pleased.

But at the same time, I just reviewed a number of my best shots from the 16-35 and the previous 17-40. Honestly, I can hardly tell any difference. Obviously it is a plus to have the extra two stops on the 16-35, particularly in low-light.. But I really question if it was worth the added cash?

I keep thinking, ONE 16-35 equals ...
- A 17-40 plus a 135L for portraits
- Or, a 24-70 2.8 and 85, 1.8 (just about)

I'm not knocking the 16-35.. Just wondering if it's worth the added cost.


Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: Nov 8, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Weight, Price, Bokeh

I'm not terribly well versed on the finer points in terms of the IQ, etc. I've only been at this for about 6-9 months.

But I am very pleased with this lens. It's given me very sharp pictures, with nice contrast, and great bokeh. It's great to take to a party, where there's low-light and I want to avoid using a flash. Friends and family love the shots..

I was also exceptionally pleased with the price, compared to some other lenses. I previously owned the 1.8, but as many have said, it does feel like a toy.. And the 1.4 clearly trumps it in every department. (But I guess for $100 for the 1.8, you can't complain too much)

Anyway, I love having a very fast prime like this.. and it has me thinking a lot about the 85, 1.8 or 100, 2.0.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Oct 13, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Lightweight, fast focus, solid build, nice colors
White color

I was looking for a general purpose zoom that I could use for travel photography, mostly shooting outdoors.. And I wanted something that I could comfortably carry around all day - which ruled out the 2.8.

At the same time, I was reluctant about the quality of the images from this lens, compared to primes that would fall within the range.

But in the end, I'm very happy with this purchase.

The images are crisp. The focus is fast. And I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the bokeh. It's quite good.

And the very manageable weight is fantastic. I can be on the run all day, and my spine is still properly aligned at the end of it all.


Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

Review Date: Jun 14, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Lightweight, solid build, stellar images, and doesn't draw attention like the white zooms.

I travel a lot and was looking for a longer lens that would enable me to shoot some really crisp candids of people - from across the street, down the block etc.

I was going back and forth between this and a 70-200L that would obviously give me more range. But I was worried about lugging around a 70-200 2.8 for hours on end ... And I really did want some the extra stop from the F4.

Anyway, I am thrilled with this lens. I definitely made the right choice. It's light. And given that it's black - I don't draw too much attention to myself.

Most importantly, the shots are mind-blowingly crisp. I'm relatively new to L series lenses, but I am floored by some of the shots. The IQ is unreal.

Some may be put off by the set focal length. But it doesn't bother me. I really enjoy being able to focus on shooting tight for a bit.. Then swap to a 17-40 for wider street scenes.

Anyway, this lens fits my aim.. Love it.