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

Review Date: Apr 24, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, sharp, sharp - even wide open. Color, contrast and bokeh are spectacular! Love the new hood design, too!!

When this was first announced I was very hesitant because of the price. I decided it was out of my budget. But the more I read about it and seeing sample images taken by others, my interest in this lens began to increase until this past week when I decide to sell my 70-200 2.8 non-IS and try it out.

Boy, was I glad I did!! This is one fantastic lens! Yes, a little pricey but after seeing what it can do, the price tag is long forgotten.

Images are as sharp as I've seen from any zoom (and some "L" primes), wide open @ 2.8. Color and contrast are second to none. Focus just "snaps" and is dead accurate. The redesigned IS is so quiet you may not even realize it is on.

Highly recommended!!

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Sep 15, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, image quality, easy to hand hold

I bought this for detail shots for weddings but find myself using it more and more for general portrait photography. I use this when I need to get up close to my portrait subjects, for full face framing. I typically shoot my portraits with the 70-200 2.8 but when I need to get in closer, the 70-200 2.8 does not cut it, due to the limiting minimum focus distance. I will slap on the 100 macro and fire away. I am SO PLEASED with the image quality from this lens - makes a great portrait lens on a 5D!

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Nov 23, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Hands down, the BEST lens I have ever owned! Sharpness, contrast, colors and bokeh are out of this world! Need I say more? Focus is fast, quiet and accurate. Handholding is a pleasure.
Absolutely nothing!

By far, the best lens I have ever owned! I did own the 85 f/1.2 at one time and thought is was very good but did not even come close to this lens as far as sharpness and focus speed are concerned! From what I hear from other FM'ers, the 135 f/2 will hold its own against the 200 f/1.8 - never owned that to compare, though.

The images from this lens as so stellar - even shot wide open at f/2.0. I am using this lens on a 1D Mark II and even at f/2.0, I do not need to add much (if any) USM in PS. The Mark II is known for its softer image files (not that I am bashing the Mark II - the best D-SLR I've owned to date!) but with the 135 f/2, you would never know the images were never sharpened.

If you do not already own this lens, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?? Go get one and see what all the other owners are experiencing! A real GEM!


Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

Review Date: Nov 23, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $530.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Super sharp, great contrast and accurate colors. It is not white and very easy to handhold - well balanced with the 1D Mark II
Not as sharp at f/2.8 as I would have hoped but at f/4 and smaller - stellar!

What can I say but I fell in love all over again after shooting with this lens! My first love affair was with the 135 f/2 (which is still my first love - apologies to the wife, of course) but the 200 f/2.8 is right up there. I performed a very unscientific comparison of the two lenses and found that at f/5.6 and smaller, very tough to tell them apart.

My other concern was how does the 200 f/2.8 stack up against the 70-200 IS at the same focal length? Although the 70-200 IS copy I have is excellent, the 200 f/2.8 is better at this focal length. The difference is not earth shattering but enough to notice.

All in all, a super lens and a REAL SLEEPER in the "L" lens lineup - a steal, IMHO, for what they are selling for used on FM.

Highly recommended!!