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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Review Date: May 5, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,399.95 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Amazingly sharp, build quality, well balanced, bokeh, quick AF, contrast and color is outstanding. You get what you pay for.
CA wide open, not weather sealed.

Such an amazing lens. So sharp and really fun to use. I am using this lens on the Canon 7D. I cannot wait for the next rendition of the 5D (mark III?) to be introduced. I'm sure this lens on a FF body will produce even more incredible results.

I own several Canon primes now and can honestly say that I will probably never buy another zoom lens again. The 24-105mm F/4 L IS is convenient and has good sharpness but the 35mm/F1.4 L is on a whole different level.

The only zoom that I may consider is the new 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS II, just based off the positive reviews that say it smokes the original version... maybe this is a sign of good things to come for other Canon zooms that are released? Time will most certainly tell.

Back on topic, I highly recommend the 35mm/F1.4 L. There is really no need for Canon to introduce an updated version. Not much they can do to improve this fine lens other than maybe weather seal it.

Canon EOS Rebel XSi (450D)

Review Date: Jan 1, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Lightweight, Low Noise, Features, Large Screen, IQ, Auto Focus surprisingly good.
None that I can find other than proprietary issues (SDHC, Batteries)


I am in the process of "updating" my gear. Have owned the original Digital Rebel, 20D & 30D (still in bag).

All I can say is that I am pretty impressed with this camera. It performs very well. It has just about all of the features the 40D has except for 1/8000th and obviously the FPS is quite a bit less, but I dont find this to be a problem since I never machine gun anyhow. The battery grip makes it well balanced and the battery life is exceptional.

Plan to buy the 5D Mark II but as its still hard to find, this will be my goto camera, even over the 30D.

Here is a sample taken with the Canon EF 500mm F/4 L IS w/ 1.4x converter. Proof that glass is more important than the body:

Canon EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II USM

Review Date: Mar 28, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $229.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Quick AF, build quality, price, sharpness
Lens hood not included

I am quite satisfied with the quality that this lens produces. My copy is sharp through the range. The build quality is decent. The only downfall is that you have to purchase the lens hood separately. I used this lens for roughly a year before upgrading to the 24-105mm F/4 L IS. Overall this lens is a great value and I highly recommend it based on the quality for price factor.

Sample photos taken with this lens:

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: May 9, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,249.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great build, well balanced, very sharp (NOW THAT ITS BEEN SERVICED!) Awesome range. 3rd Generation IS.
To much hassle to get the lens to perform the way it was designed to.

Well. In a few days it will be 1 year since I bought this lens. What a year its been. I was able to get some decent photos with this lens, but, most were very soft/blurry. My 28-105mm F/3.5-4.5 got sharper images! Luckily I live near Canon - Irvine and took this lens to be checked out. In December 06, I took it in for service...

Adjusted best focus point. Projection test, cleaned elements. CK/ADJ/LUB. All functions to factory specs."

Yea, ok, right!...

So I took it back to Canon a couple of weeks ago...

We have examined the product according to your request and, it was found that the lens assembly was out of place causing rear focus. Electrical adjustments were carried out on the lens assembly. Other electrical adjustments and inspection and cleaning carried out."

Its SUPER SHARP now. For those of you thinking about buying this lens but are freaking over the negative reviews, (rightfully so) don't be discouraged. Get it, if its not performing, send it in. If you have one and think it might be off, have Canon check it out. If its not right, make them get it right. Simple as that.

Now, its a very fun lens to use!

Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: May 30, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $5,499.95 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp sharp SHARP...STILL SHARP with the Canon 1.4x extender. Excellent Contrast. Awesome build quality. Image Stabilization. Uber Alles!

Not much to say about this lens that hasn't been said. It's a dream. I use this lens handheld, mainly for aviation such as airshows and military exercises. It does get heavy after a while, but, you will get used to it. I have only used it on the 20D but look forward to using it on my new 30D here soon. If you are not using a 1 srs body, I highly recommend a battery grip for your body for better balance. It just "feels right". Highly recommend this lens to anyone who can afford it.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Jul 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Price,Build,Bokeh,Sharpness,Weight,Sharpness,Lens hood,Sharpness and last but not least, SHARPNESS.

This lens is a dream. I also use the Canon 100-400mm which is also a great lens, but, when I dont need the reach, this is the lens I use because of how sharp it is. This is worth more more $$ IMHO. I highly recommend this glass.