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Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM

Review Date: Aug 18, 2016 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Super sharp with excellent bokeh.
Heavy and big.

I managed to snag one of these in minty condition from a local photographer. Came with everything in as new condition.

The lens in phenomenal. Super sharp and fast. As others have mentioned, the photos are almost 3D. You can pan and blur really well, stopping action while melting away the back/foreground.

I've shot it often handheld. With the right shutterspeed at F1.8, no problem. Probably will be adding a monopod at some time.

The lens does draw attention. It is quite the envy of knowledgeable photographers at the local photoshoots.

If you can get your hands on one of these, do it. You won't look back and they retain their value so you can always use it and sell back on FM.

Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM

Review Date: Apr 13, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $950.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: focal range, versatility, image quality

Great walk-around lens. I'm was always challenged when selecting a lens to carry around. This one has it all - near wide to telephoto. Found that I'm using it more than ever. Weight isn't too bad - I'm used to other telephotos. Image quality has been great so far. Very pleased with this 7 year old lens. Picked up a mint copy from a local guy who wasn't using it at all.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: May 6, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Smooth zoom, quick focus, great DOF

Had my reservations about getting this lens instead of the IS version. However, I've managed to hold this well balanced lens steady. It's rapidly becoming my favorite.

The f/2.8 allows me to control DOF much better than my 100-400. So much in fact, I may end up divesting it. I took test photos at up to 4 seconds, and each was spot on sharp.

I really love this lens! No regrets whatsoever. It's added another dimension to my photography.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Mar 19, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $475.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Extremely sharp, excellent IQ, light weight, low cost "L"

I sold my 10-22mm when I upgraded to a 5D. It was a pretty even trade cost wise.

The image quality produced by this lens is outstanding. The copy I have is very sharp, even wide open. Color rendition is exceptional.

The lens feels really good on a 5D. I find myself reaching for it more and more.

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Review Date: Sep 8, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: IS, sharpness and fast focus

I was contemplating the Sigma 50-500, which I've owned before. This lens is much better, both in quality and features. The IS really is a plus. Fast focus (much faster than the 50-500). It is helpful that the filter size is same as my 28-70 so I can interchange polarizers, etc.

I keep a quick mount on the lens so I can install quickly on my Bogen tripod head.