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Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Mar 20, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, excellent bokeh and stunning image rendering ability

This is a very good lens. I have bought it 7 years ago and bought it again because I need it for wild life photography.

Fantastic rendering and the images are just so sharp. Clarity with good contrast. Bokeh is fantasticly creamy buttery smooth.

Here are the image gallery from this lens

This is a very good lens to own

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Mar 20, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $700.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Autofocus for f1.2!! Sharp and dead on accuracy, well built and good bokeh rendering
Shift focus, weight

This lens has been unfairly dismissed by many. I am a owner of almost every single 50mm focal length lens with f1.2 aperture. Canon 50mm f1.2 L is the best one I feel simply because it autofocuses!

It is sharp in the area of fucus. What is more is its ability to quickly autofocus on the point of interest. This is my main portrait lens for many commercial work.

The focus shift tends to happen between aperture f2 to f2.8 with focusing distance of 1 metre under low light. This is not an issue for me as this lens still gets me decent excellent images!

Here is my Canon 50mm f1.2 L lens gallery

This is the lens to use for the years to come

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Mar 20, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Incredible image quality: sharp, good flare control, beautiful bokeh and contrasty wide open
Weight rather heavy Easy paint loss

This zoom was purchased as a gift for myself graduating from university. A lot of memory has derived from this lens in the older time.

I love it simply because it is so reliable in producing the images I like. F2.8 is very usable in deed even for an amateur like me in the early years.

The background bokeh rendering is superb, creamy smooth like butter.

My only concern is its paint loss and weight that really prevents me from using it in wedding or event photography.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Mar 18, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Fast zoom with versatility
Unsharp corners even stopping down

A zoom that I had more than 10 years. Despite its weakness in unsharp corners and poor flare performance, the zoom provides convinience and reliability when it comes to travel photography.

My image gallery of 16-35/2.8

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Mar 18, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp from corner to corner. Background bokeh pleasant. Autofocus is lightening fast. Cheap L prime to own.
Not metal. Specular highlight performance poor. Low contrast wide open.

135L is my event photography lens. Very versatile with lightening autofocus speed. Dead on Accuracy and reliable optical performance.

It bokeh rendering is superb. Smooth and gentle. Occasional harsh edges in background bokeh. Its foreground bokeh does not have the same performance as background bokeh. The specular highlights are crescent shape which is a little dissapointing.

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