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Nikon 18mm f/2.8D AF Nikkor

Review Date: Sep 21, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 


The list price of this lens is crazy but you can get it used for far less and its worth it. I do see spherical aberration on my digital bodies which is corrected easily (one click) in Nikon Capture. Other than that, this lens is very sharp from f2.8 and gets perfect stopped down.

A Nikon classic for me!

Nikon 28mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor

Review Date: Sep 21, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,000.00 | Rating: 7 


Had this lens for about a month and used it on film and digital Nikon bodies. I tried to like it, but it doesnt live up to the hype the Internet has created. Build quality is great, IQ is excellent stopped down but so are the AF 28/2.8 or Nikons 2.8 zooms. Subject isolation at 1.4 is far (!) less than on 35 or 50mm lenses at comparable aperture. This is not a "40mm f1.4" equivalent on a DX body. You get a 40mm field of view with a 28mm depth of field (simple law of physics).

Remember: This lens was discontinued by Nikon because it has quite a mediocre reputation and did not sell well.

Just because there is no better alternative for DX bodies doesnt make this one an Über-lens.

I sold mine and will wait for an updated, fast, wide AF-S prime in the future.

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Apr 21, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Probably the best 135mm lens available today

This great lens does almost all the 85/1.2 L Mk. II does in a more versatile and convenient package, being much faster (AF), lighter, cheaper, weathersealed and compatible with extenders. It´s still around a $1000 which doesnt make it exactly a cheap lens in the real world, but photographers are different...

This lens replaced the weary, bulky 85L for me.

What about bokeh? The longer focal length compensates the f-stop advantage. Here´s a sample from someone mastering the 135L to give you an idea of bokeh.

(Copyright by the photographer,

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

Review Date: Apr 15, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: great IQ, great bokeh
price, weight, weary AF, strange manual focusing

Canon has the fastest 85mm lens available today and you pay the premium...

Image Quality is great and shallow dof allow breathtaking shots in the hands of skilled photographers.

Is this worth the hassle with price, weight, weary AF and strange manual focusing? Only if you´re rich and absolutely love the 85mm perspective.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Apr 15, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: sharpness, contrast, flare resistance, close focusing
not that fast if you´re used to prime lenses, external focusing (covered under the hood though)

Possibly one of the best quality mid-range zooms available today with great IQ and good range from wide to light tele. This one allows both group shots and single portraits (and everything in between) in one package.

The lens is not too heavy and balances well on the 5D. At 70mm its as sharp it gets even wide open and produces pleasing bokeh. The wide end is a little worse, still on a very high level though.

Looks like I found my ideal travel and landscape lens.

Coming from Canons L primes, constant 2.8 aperture is not really fast and even the cheapo 50/1.8 beats it at 50mm. But then, the 50 sucks at every other focal length...

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Apr 6, 2007 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: + build quality + painterly bokeh at close distances
- misfocus - softness - CA - value

This lens does have focusing issues on my 5D that Canon service was NOT able to fix.

Both the 50/1.4 and 50/1.8 (Mk.1) I had for a direct comparison were sharper and much less troubled by CA, even stopped down.

Wide open at 1.2 - and this is the aperture people buy this lens for - chromatic aberration is everywhere and whatever is in focus isnt sharp. No competition to other Ls like the 85/1.2 or 35/1.4 which are very good at their widest aperture.

I can not recommend this lens until Canon comes up with either a firmware fix or a Mk. II. If you want a fast standard lens better get the 50/1.4 or the wider 35/1.4.