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Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Jun 22, 2012 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: built

Good lens, but not as good as the 85L or 35L.

Close to my 45 TSE stopped down, barely useful between 1.2 and 2, good behind 2.8 (better contrast and colors than the 50 1.4).

Contrast is good, but the sharpness got no chance against my Zeiss 50 2.0 Makro, this is another world!

So ... I stay with the 45 TSE and the Zeiss. (No need for AF in studio)

I wouldn't hesitate to buy it, if needed for the job (low light and AF, if the 35 or 85 wouldn't fit).
But it is not tempting enough to put it into the shelf as a ' ... try it with this glas ... ' lens.

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Jan 17, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $7,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: PQ
You need a mono- and a tripod with gimbal head, it slows You down, and sometimes a 400 5.6 is the better choice.

Stunning beast,

made some first simple tests and shot a picture of my neighbours kitchen through the window at night, 20 m distance. I used my 1Ds, a tripod and aperture 2.8.
After a look on the photos I was blown away. It was possible to read the fine print on the coffeebox on his kitchen shelf.

I better never show him this picture, guess he could get paranoia and draw out from this apartment.

Now it's on me, to learn to handle this belle.

Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8

Review Date: Aug 6, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $999.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: T&S

Stunning lense, I do product shots with the 45tse, 2 dpt macrolense (often in combination with the 1.4 tc).
I was surprised how well this setup works with the 1ds when I need TS and/or macro, it seems to produce less fringing and artefacts than with the 1d, don't ask me why.
Sharpness is very good, and contrast is near the better L glas.

This little grey mouse is worth every penny.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Mar 20, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp @ f1.2
focus speed

Enough said - this thing is tacksharp, a wonderful lense and next to the 35 1.4 and 135 2.0 a must have.

So the focus system is weird and slow, but pretty exact. If You're out for lowlight job's and no IS helps (subject motion) - You can try out this glas, if Your in artwork this lense is impressive.

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Review Date: Mar 20, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,250.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: 35 mm at it's best
none, cause You get what You pay for (..$)

This thing is magic if You know what You are doing. For artwork forget the comparisons 35 1.4 vs. 24-70L or 16-35L.

Good sharp @ it's bright side between f1.4 and f1.8, perfect color, fast and exact focusing.

Great on 1DMKII, next to the 85 1.2 and 135 2.0 a must have for outstandig shots.

Tokina 20-35mm f/2.8 AT-X 235 AF PRO

Review Date: Mar 11, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Good value, pretty well built
MF clutch

This lense is one of the better zooms for dslr's. It starts at f2.8, is sharp at f4 and beyound and it has canonlike good colors. The range from 20 to 35 is ideal for 1DMKII or FF, it feels pretty good in Your hands, rocksolid built.

The downsides: MF-clutch is weird, and some CA in the corners (that can be corrected very good in PS). AF not as fast as Canon L, but OK for wides.

I use it as often as my 17-40 Canon...don't ask my why...

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Jan 11, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $699.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: Solid, fast focusing
Not the best contrast, unsharp in the corners...

I expected a better picture quality, so - don't get me wrong, I wasn't really dissapointed, but when I tested the 17-40 @ 24mm against the cheap EF 24mm / 2.8, the differ in sharpness and contrast was too big for L / non L glas.
I'm going to sell the 17-40 and try out the 16-35, maybe this zoom got better overall sharpness....and I keep my primes...