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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

Review Date: Feb 27, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Bokeh, colour and contrast all spot on.. Great images straight out of the camera.
Quite expensive but I guess you get what you pay for.

I love this lens and, although I have only used it for a few weeks, I can see this being on my 5DII a lot of the time. It's fast, the creamy bokeh is magical and images look great without the need for hardly any PP. I find that any 'tweaking' I do doesn't actually improve images straight out of the camera. A classic lens.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Review Date: Feb 27, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Image quality, low light capabilities. Brings out the best in Canon's L lenses.
Auto focus limitations.

I love many aspects of this camera and, most inportantly to me, the image quality is, IMO, the best around at anywhere near the price. It brings out the best in the canon L range of lenses. My only criticism is the auto focus which is a bit slow and I find I have to nail the focus using the centre spot and then worry about composition of the photo whilst post processing, and probably cropping much more as a result than I would need to do if I could rely on the other focussing points while taking the shot. Great camera and second to none for portraiture, landscapes etc.

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Feb 25, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Colours, contrast and overall image quality. Beautiful bokeh. Great value.
I can't think of any.

This lens is just about perfect and I can't fault. It seems really good value when compared to some of the other Canon L primes. I know it is probably a bit long in the tooth now, but I don't see how Canon can better this. Perhaps IS will please some people but it depends on subject matter and it wouldn't be of benefit for me 99% of the time. I have started using it at fairly low lit gigs where I wouldn't shoot at less than 1/100 second to minimise subject blur anyway. I just shoot wide open and bump up the ISO on my 5DII. A classic lens.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

Review Date: Feb 25, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: compact,sharpness,build quality
I really can't fault it

I have had this lens for a few weeks now and I love it (and I am fairly picky). It is relatively compact and feels well balanced on both my 5dII and 40d. It feels 'right'. The only gripes I have heard from people have been about price but prices have come down and I picked mine up for just over 1000. I have a 35L which was the same price and I would call that expensive but you get what you pay for. IMO the 70-300L lens is actually a hell of a lot for the money in terms of build quality and its versatility. I am also surprised about its capability to produce really nice bokeh and the IS is superb. I can only give it full marks.