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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: May 4, 2021 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $320.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharp, well built, versatile

I bought the used one. Unfortunately, it was badly decentered. The seller told he wasn't aware of it, and offered me to pay the repair bill.

The official canon service fixed it. I didn't expect this fossil is still serviceable, but it is. At least the optics alignment is available. Not sure about repairs that require spare parts.

Some people say this lens optical elements can fall out of alignment easily, and the slight bump is enough to make your photos blurry forever. I don't know, the time will show.

Anyway, this lens is sharp at any focal length. I use it wide open without hesitation when the shallow dof is needed. 200 mm at f4 on a full frame camera can give you a decent subject separation. For landscapes, I use mostly f5.6 or f8, which makes the picture really tack sharp.

Metal body feels great. This lens makes my other mid-range non L lenses look like a plastic garbage.

The IS would be a nice thing to have, but I never missed a shot because of it so far.

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS

Review Date: Mar 29, 2021 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: Sharp, fast and good looking
AF often misses in poor light, but i think it could be my 5dIII's fault

I got rid of my sigma 35mm because of AF issues. At first, I was worried because I was thinking I'm replacing sigma with an inferior lens. Luckily, I was wrong.

Regarding sharpness, this little lens never left me wanting. I like to shoot my primes wide open, and I can say I never noticed any difference between it and sigma. And I like to pixel peep my photos.

Second thing that made me worry is the subject isolation capability. There's no better thing for me than slightly soft background when shooting portrait with a fast 35mm. Canon didn't dissappoint here. Difference between f1.4 and f2 is really not so big. I can still achieve a nice soft backround even with a full body shot.

Vignetting? It probably bothers some people, but not me. It adds to a charm of the picture.

It's not built like the sigma, but it's good enough. I use a heavy tank-like gripped camera body, and I don't think this lens makes it look any less sturdy. It's short and stubby. I like lens that look like that.

One more thing that makes it better than sigma. You can easily put a front cap on while using the lens hood. With sigma that was not so easy.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"

Review Date: Dec 8, 2020 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: Sharp wide open. Excellent colors. Great build and design. To me, photos have some magic which can't be measured and explained.
Inconsistent focus. Short manual focus throw. Lens hood needs force to be locked into place.

I will focus on some issues in this description.

Af is inconsistent on my 5d mk III, as it was on my old 5d.

The guy I know, tried his lens on three different 6d bodies and got different results. So I guess af performance depends on a specific camera body.

Af inconsistency can't be fixed via the usb dock, I tried.

My results vary. Af is sometimes ok, and sometimes completely useless. I can't say in which light it behaves well, and in which it doesn't. It seems totally random.

In such situations I rely on live view af, or manual focus. Niether of these is easy to use, since the screen can be hard to see during a bright day. Also, manual focus throw is really short, and you will have to move it within a milimeter to get your object sharp.

One more annoying thing about this lens is that it's hard to put on the lens cap when you have the hood on.

Was thinking a few times of selling it, but I didn't because of things I mentioned in the pros.

Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC

Review Date: May 12, 2020 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Decent sharpness when stopped down, dramatically wide on a ff
Inaccurate focus scale. It seems the lens barrel "breathes", giving you sharpness inconsistency from shot to shot

Bought a red ring version for canon for about 230$ used.

First thing I noticed is that 14mm on a full frame is considerably wider than 10mm on a crop.

At f2.8 my copy is not usable. The sharpness gets much better at f4. At 5.6 and 8, you get a decent sharpness across the frame

The focus distance scale is inaccurate. You have to test it and find out where is infinity on your copy.

In the hand, the lens feels dense and sturdy, but I noticed a problem with my copy. I think the plastic barell can bend slightly because of mechanical pressure or temperature change. I don't know exactly. In such situations, the optics gets misaligned, and I get both sides of the photo blurry. Like I was using the tilt-shift lens. The effect is not permament, and in the next shooting situation, photos can turn out to be fine.

Would I recommend this lens? If you are an amateur photographer, definitely yes. You can't get anything so wide for so little money.