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Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Medium Telephoto Lens
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs The perfect Portrait Lens 05/05/2008

This review is from: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Medium Telephoto Lens

Pros: Super Bokeh
Great lens hood
Too many clients!!
Super low light event lens
Best portrait lens for women and girls ever made
Shoot outside at night with no tripod at 3200 ISO!
Amazing looking photos that say professional all over them.
Along with my Canon 135 F2 lens the finest portrait lens in the world!
Sharp wide open in the center with wonder halo effect around outside
Sharp edge to edge by F2.0

Cons: Price
Heavy! 1,025 Grams
Exposed rear element
Removal procedure (1 manual focus, 2 focus to infinity, 3 camera Off)
Battery Hog!! I only get 300 - 360 shots or so with Canon 40D
Install procedure (carefully line up without seeing red dot and protect rear element)
Some CA (Chromatic Aberration) wide open totally gone when stopped down to 1.8 not an issue with most portrait photos

Other Thoughts: I now have too many clients because of this lens and no longer have time to update or make changes to my review so I took all of it off except this intro and the pros and cons. Also I now have to supply my clients with a photographers release as most places say a pro must have shot these you must have a photographers release. These are great problems I never had before purchasing this lens.

Lens I currently own:
Canon EF-S 17-55 F/2.8 IS Ultra sharp, great colors, great low light, poor zoom action
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Rebel XTi Kit lens Muddy, slow, pile of junk
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L Fantastic colors, pretty sharp, buttery smooth zoom, light weight
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L Fantastic colors and contrast, sharp, buttery smooth zoom, heavy!
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Good budget portrait lens, light weight, disposable
Canon EF 85mm F/1.2 L II The best portrait lens I own, , buttery smooth Bokeh, heavy and expensive it shares sharpness with 135mm
Canon EF 135mm F/2.0 L A gre

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Transcend 8GB Compact Flash (CF) Flash Card Model TS8GCF266
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Rocket ship Fast! 03/20/2008

This review is from: Transcend 8GB Compact Flash (CF) Flash Card Model TS8GCF266

Pros: Rocket ship Fast!
High Image Capacity
Great Price
Absolute reliability so far, no lost photos or formatting problems, NONE!

Cons: NONE!!

Other Thoughts: The card came preformatted but I found by formatting it with the camera you could get a few extra shots.

Card Use in Windows XP and Mac OS X

What a difference when I downloaded the photos I had taken, mama meia! This thing rocks downloading to both my Dell Windows XP and my 24" iMac!!! It reacts more like downloading from a hard drive. Cut's your download time way down, instead of going to get a drink or take a break you are ready to view your photos in seconds instead of minutes!!

Card use in a Canon Digital Rebel XTi

I have never used any other card beside the Transcend 266X 8 GB in this new Rebel XTi so I don't know how slow or fast it is with another card. But with this card it ROCKS!! My Rebel XTi would in sports mode consistently shoot 30 rapid frames in 10 seconds flat at Large High Quality JPEG before slowing down to store the buffer.

Please note that the higher the ISO setting the lower the number of photos you can store on the camera.

Image Storage Cap

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Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggs Fantastic Low Light Lens 03/20/2008

This review is from: Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens

Pros: Pros:

No internal dust so far
Very pleasing shots with nice Bokah
Sharp even at F/2.8 zoomed between 20mm and 48mm
Auto focus perfect! Silent quick lock even in dim conditions
Image Stabilization let's you get those shots you couldn't get otherwise.

Cons: Cons:

Cheap plastic construction
No dust yet but I am concerned
No included lens hood? Give me a break Canon!
Really poor zoom feel grabs at each end and feels cheap
Front of lens extends inward and outward when zooming in and out
Really soft shots when zoomed to both ends of the zoom especially at 17 and 55

Other Thoughts: I bought this lens to take low light portraits during weddings. My initial impression is that this lens will be perfect. I even managed to pull off a 2 second exposure that was pretty sharp hand held which I would never be able to do otherwise. I will use it at the extreme in 55mm for nice bokah and a softer shot then keep it between 20mm to 48mm for the sharper shots.

What a disappointment to pay over $1,000 for a lens and have such a poor feeling zoom. It grabs at each end and just plain feels cheap. Makes my Canon 17-40 F4 zoom feel like it's perfect as it is silky smooth. But, the 17-55 F/2.8 IS does something I could not do with the 17-40. I was at a bar the other night shooting a benefit auction using just available bar light and already at 1600 ISO and the Canon 17-40 wide open just could not get the shot. With the 17-55 F/2.8 IS not only do you have the faster aperture F/2.8 but I can get shot after hand held shot at a half a second something I could not come close to with

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Display Name: Grant B.

Date Joined: 05/29/07

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  • First Review: 03/20/08
  • Last Review: 05/05/08
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