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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Aug 31, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: IQ, AF speed, Build quality, Utility

A hard lens to fault. Well made, great value, superb image quality and amazing utility - i use mine for everything from Macro (with tubes) to Portraits and Candids. Even Landscapes from time to time.

Some criticise the weight, but its a f/2.8 lens so i can't see how this is a negative - such lenses inherently weigh more. In any case the balance of the lens with xD and xxD bodies is excellent.

Bokeh is generally very good, but does sometimes show a little weakness with busy backgrounds.

Bottome line - I've had mine for 5 years and have no intention of being parted from it any time soon.

Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

Review Date: Mar 15, 2009 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 5 

Pros: Build quality, sharpness wide open, bokeh
Serious backfocus problems at 10ft+

I tried hard to buy one of these, but testing of several copies in shop all showed the same backfocus problems on all: Whilst at close distances autofocus would be spot on, at 20ft to target the lenses all backfocussed about 3-4ft. Given the build quality and excellent image quality it is a disappointment that the autofocus hasn't been sorted.