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Canon EOS 5D

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

Pros: IQ, feel, FF, high ISO capability

I used a 350D, 40D and 5D. I bought the 40D as a backup, but I hope I only really need it when the light is good, because beyond 400ISO, I just can't really use it. The 5D is usable up till 1600ISO. Not much to add to other reviews. This is and will be for a long time, the only camera I need to do my work.

Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus

Review Date: Dec 6, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: sharp and small
dust sensitive, slowish AF

I bought this lens because I wanted a portrait lens that wasn't to close to my 50mm f1.4. The 135L was just a bit too expensive at the moment, so I checked out this soft focus lens. There is little reading on this lens on the net, but what I found was encouraging enough to give it a go. Found a used one and bought it after a few on the spot tests.

I've used it on my 5D, 40D and 350D.

This lens is very sharp. At f2.8 it is very usable, but from f4 it is just great (very comparable results as from my 50mm f1.4). I love the bokeh you get, you can really isolate our subject while the background gets a nice pro-look. On my 5D I get spectacular portraits.
This lens is very small for a 135mm and light too.

Build quality is not great. There were spots of dust in my version and I heard of others with the same problem. Good thing is you don't see it on the photo's. The AF is ok, but not as good as some of my other lenses.

With what do I compare?: 24-105L, 50mm f1.4 and a couple of good Sigma zooms (so I don't have many primes).