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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: Dec 13, 2011 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

Pros: Small/Light with F1.4. Good optics at F2.0 and beyond.
Fragile, Flimsy construction. Prone to needing repairs. Over priced. Soft wide open.

The build construction is fragile.
The focusing gets jammed up.

The body is constructed of flimsy plastic, and can jam the focusing plastic barrel parts. google: canon 50mm F1.4 repair autofocus

Optically it can take great photos. If you need a short lens that can do candid low lights on a budget, you will _really_ enjoy it for that (just understand its limitations, and baby it). AF needs some patience in low light.

If you are stepping up from a kit lens, optically it will amaze you. If you are used to L primes, you _may be_ a bit disappointed.

Personally I would not recommend this lens, primarily because of how fragile it is. Personally, I am just going to forsake AF and stick with my old manual lens.

Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Apr 11, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: minimum focusing distance; sharp wide open; light weight; bokeh can be stunning
IS could be better.

This thing lives on my 7D with a 1.4 tele.

It is my wild life lens (and birds...its short for birding, so you get creative), my landscape lens (yeah... sometimes), macro lens, portrait lens (on occasion). It is light weight, and great for hiking.

The Bokeh can be absolutely beautiful.

It is sharp wide open, even with a 1.4 tele on it.

Fantastic Lens. Try it, you'll love it.

Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

Review Date: Apr 11, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Bokeh; Sharp Wide Open; Build Quality
AF after a month or two it has become unreliable, temperamental

Fantastic Lens... Just need to send mine in to get the AF tweaked.

The AF was rock solid for a month or two, but has become temperamental out of the blue. It hunts every so often, and is stuck on hunting. Despite that... I still pick it up, and struggle because of what it does WHEN it works.

When it works, it creates beautiful images. As other people have said, get a good copy and you will love it.