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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Mar 17, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $490.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very sharp
Build–but not really an issue

This is very sharp.

i use this to make stereophotographs.

Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

Review Date: Mar 17, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, bokeh, control of CA
Finish is kinda stupid but I can deal with that

I haven't had the focus issues that many are experiencing with this lens.

I may have been lucky but maybe sigma is working on their QC.

The lens is pretty sharp at 1.4–close to my 35 1.4 but not quite as sharp.

For portraits this is perfect.

For the record I use this on a 5D mk I

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX SD

Review Date: Nov 14, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $570.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness, lightweight, construction, distortion control.

I originally bought this lens when it first came and had a rather mixed experience. At the F/2.8 the lens was producing unusable, blurry images. At about F/5.6 it was dead on. I eventually returned the lens for a refund seeing how hard it was to get my hands on a replacement.

So, I waited. I purchased another and it is greatly improved. I'm not sure if it is sample variety or not--or if perhaps Tokina amped up its QC. But the lens is dead sharp all the way through.

I highly recommend this lens and if you get a lemon, return it and get another; it's worth it.

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

Review Date: May 24, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $610.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Extremely sharp wide open. Subdued color. Size. Build
None for what you indeed are buying, a high class prime lens

This lens is one of the best deals around from Canon. It's very sharp and a true performer. I'd say that if you're considering it instead of a zoom (70-200), then you should be asking yourself how critical it is to you to be able stand in one place and change focal lengths. Would you use this lens for photojournalism for instance? Probably not, but who's to say so; if you can produce the work with just a prime – get it.