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Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Jan 26, 2017 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, fast, beautiful compression, pleasant bokeh

This lens is great! As a wedding photographer, I honestly thought the only thing I would use this for would be wedding photography in large Catholic Cathedrals due to the long focal length. However, as I began testing it out, I was extremely pleased with the super smooth bokeh, wonderful pleasant sharpness, and quick AF so much so that I find myself using it for just about anything. I compare the look to a more compressed version of the 85 f/1.2. Even though it's f/2 the compression makes it seem very shallow. I highly recommend this for wedding photographers who want a great lens with a longer focal length who need amazing portraits, quick AF, and great results.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Jan 16, 2017 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Large aperture, gorgeous photos, sharp
Heavy, not the best AF, front element moves when focusing

The pictures this lens creates are amazing, especially when stopped down to f/1.2.

It is one of my go to lenses for portraits. The photos it creates have a definite pop.

My main experience with it professionally is with wedding photography. I don't know how it is everywhere, but in Louisville venues, a lot of time light is not always the best. This lens can have issues focusing in low light. It will track forward, then back, and then forward, and pretty slowly at that.

So, it's not great for action photography, but for posed portraits, it's a huge thumbs up!

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Jan 11, 2017 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fairly sharp, even at 1.2, though it can look pretty dreamy. However, I like the dreamy look for a lot of portraits. Focuses fairly quickly. Works great for wedding photography and would highly recommend for wedding photographers as a good, all-around lens.
Even after micro-adjustment, I've had inconsistent focus results when at large apertures. Also, switching between landscape and portrait can yield different issues with back/front-focusing, despite micro-adjustment. Wedding photographers shooting at large apertures will want to make they have this thing calibrated. Lastly, I sent our first one back in to Canon due to hexagonal bokeh. They said that it should be circular, so they sent me a replacement.

Overall, I highly recommend this for portrait and wedding photographers. It is one of my widely used lenses, and, if I was to shoot a whole wedding with only one lens, this would be it (although it might be tough with a Catholic ceremony!)