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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Oct 28, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Amazing sharp images, focus lightning fast, perfect wide open and with TC1.4
Attracts too much attention

I'd been using the 300/4L and loved that lens. Made the fatal mistake of borrowing the 300/2.8L IS

I used it extensively to shoot my son at baseball and then offered to shoot for the team. Mistake! people were amazed at the shots and wanted more, more, more.

The bokeh is even better at 420mm f4 with the TC1.4

Of course there are two downers. price and weight. But you really do get what you pay for. Sensational.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Oct 28, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Glorious color, depth of field and bokeh to die for
Takes time to learn how to get the best out of this lens. it's not Point and shoot at f1.2. Focus is not super fast.

This is a specialist lens that takes time to master. It's completely different to the f1.4.

I purchased this lens to shoot our rescue dogs for our website. It's been amazing how many people have commented about the shots. They can't explain why they like the shots but i repeatedly hear that it's like 3D

I started with the 50mm f1.8 which is great for $100. Then moved to the 50mm f1.4 which is great for $350. I had about focussing issues but simply love L primes.

Every time I review a set of shots I am in awe of 3 things. The color, blacks and bokeh. It's surreal. I am not sure I have taken a shot beyond f4.

All that said, there is a learning curve with this lens as the temptation is to immediately shoot at f1.2 - because it's there. You'll be frustrated at first.

If you're looking for lightning fast AF, this lens is again not the one for you. It's not slow, but it's no speed demon.

Every time I clip this lens onto my 5D2 I am as excited as hell. Every time I fire up Lightroom, I just smile.

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Oct 28, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,050.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Color rendition Contrast Speed of focus Bokeh Balance

The first L lens I purchased. Every time I looked through shots from a weekend these just shined. The lens yields great blacks and my keep rate is very high.

135mm might seem like a focal length you won't use. On a FF body it's awesome for portraits without being in the subjects face.

Bokeh is wonderful!

Another important point for me is that the lens is not white and obtrusive.

I have about 13 lenses and this is always in my bag.