Review: Canon EF 135mm f/2 L Usm

Canon EF 135mm f/2 L Usm

Ok, I don’t really quite like superlatives, but this lens deserves them all.

Because it’s almost unbelievable and absolutely WONDERFUL!

The only flaw that I can think of it is that it’s not a Zeiss (and I love Zeiss colors more that the yellowish Canon ones).

Bokeh, sharpness, flare resistance, autofocus accuracy and speed they are all over the top.

The price is over the top too, at 1.200€ street.

But this is a lens that you will use forever…

Rating: ★★★★★

Review: Canon 24-85mm f/3,5-4,5 Usm

Great value for the money.

This compact lens is a very good travel companion, light and reasonably sharp at all zoom settings and apertures.

At least in my own sample sports the best results at the wide angle end, while at 85mm is softer.

First row 24mm, left center, right borders;  second row 85mm, left center, right borders (on Canon 5D Mark II):

Like other zoom lenses if you try to correct focus in camera you have to choose a specific focal, because the amount of correction needed is vastly different from wide angle to tele.
canon 24-85

Not a great lens by any mean, but a great value for the price. And it will be light on your neck.
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Review: Canon 24mm f/1,4 L Usm

Heavy, big and expensive, but a terrific tool for available light photography.

Sharp wide open, and razor-sharp from f/2,8 even in the borders. The biggest problem at full aperture, but only in specific lighting conditions, is the purple fringing that occurs in the specular highlights.

If you can afford one, and obviously if you shoot low light, buy it now.

canon 24mm f/1,4 L
And yes, it is expensive, but not so much: the 28/1,4 Nikon AF costs three times as much, used, and it has been discontinued.

With the same price tag of a used Nikkor alone you may buy a 24/1,4 Canon and a 5D body, both new!

Rating: ★★★★½

Review: Canon 50mm f/1,8 Mark II

A very cheap, all plastic, toy lens, that neverthless performs marvellously.

The only problem, but this will change from sample to sample, is a big lack of consistency when focusing at full aperture, that one cannot even correct in camera because it varies randomly from front focus to backfocus and in intensity.

It will blows away most pro zooms, and a bunch of primes. Yes, L types too.

100% crops. Left center, right borders (on Canon 5D Mark II):

No excuses to not have one in your bag if you shoot Canon, especially for DX owners that may use this like a fast portrait lens.

canon 50mm mark II

And did I mention that NEW it costs merely 100 euro?

Rating: ★★★★★