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  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Review
    was smooth but the ring itself was slightly displaced resulting in a minor shake during manual focusing not sure if this is a common issue with this lens or a problem with the sample I tested According to Canon s site the lens has a special coating that minimizes ghosting and flare which could be quite pronounced with such wide aperture lenses I can t confirm at this moment whether the coating is really different from one used on other L lenses or this is just another shtick to promote the lens The factory box includes Canon EF 50mm f 1 2L USM lens front and rear lens caps ES 78 lens hood LP1214 soft case manual and registration card Summary Lens Composition 8 elements in 6 groups Angular Field 46 degrees Minimum Focus 45cm 1 48ft Focusing Action AF MF f stop Scale f 1 2 f 16 camera controlled Filter Size 72mm Lens Hood ES 78 included Weight 545g 19 2oz Dimensions 85 4x65 5mm 3 4x2 6 Lens Case LP1214 included Field Tests The lens felt a bit bulky on my Digital Rebel and is most certainly the heaviest 50mm lens I tested to date With its hood attached the lens looks more like a medium telephoto then a standard lens The overall performance was quite good EF 50mm f 1 2L USM was tack sharp in the center and around borders almost throughout the entire aperture range I say almost because the lens seemed to struggle at f 1 2 especially around borders Border quality improved once stopped down and starting at f 2 8 the lens results were quite consistent Of course comparing border quality at very wide apertures becomes rather hard because of the very shallow DOF you can achieve especially when taking closeups As expected from a fixed focal lens Canon EF 50mm f 1 2L USM showed no visible barrel distortion Vignetting was somewhat on a higher end with wide open aperture but becomes pretty minimal once stopped down to f 2 8 Considering that the tests were performed on a camera with 1 6x crop sensor you should expect higher vignetting with full frame dSLRs The lens actually produced some purple fringing and was somewhat prone to flare with wide open aperture there goes the theory about new coating Canon was promoting On a positive side the lens produced really smooth bokeh wide open ISO 100 1 4000 f 1 2 50mm 100 crop Title Title Title Title Title View the embedded image gallery online at http slrlensreview com web reviews canon lenses canon standard 60 canon ef 50mm f12l usm lens review sigProGalleria099045a1da Lab Tests Please note that MTF50 results for APS C and Full Frame cameras are not cross comparable despite the same normalized 0 1 range used to report results for both types of cameras Canon APS C Canon EF 50mm f 1 2L USM showed somewhat inconsistent results in the lab the lens was tack sharp in

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  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Review
    field of view of the lens resembles that of a 80mm lens on a full frame camera The lens accepts ES 71II lens hood and is compatible with EF 12 II and EF 25 II extension tubes If you want to use gelatin filters you will have to rely on an optional 58mm Gelatin Filter Holder III or IV The factory box includes Canon EF 50mm f 1 4 USM lens front and rear caps manual and registration warranty card Summary Lens Composition 7 elements in 6 groups Angular Field 46 degrees Minimum Focus 45cm 1 5ft Focusing Action AF MF USM f stop Scale f 1 4 f 22 camera controlled Filter Size 58mm Lens Hood ES 71II optional Weight 290g 10 2oz Dimensions 73 8x50 5mm 2 9x2 Lens Case LP1014 optional Field Tests The lens performed quite well in the field images were somewhat soft at f 1 4 both in the center and around borders but the performance improved with stopped down aperture From f 2 8 I could not see much difference between this 50mm lens and Canon EF 50mm f 1 2L USM which I used for visual comparison As is common for most Canon lenses colors were somewhat on the warmer side but nothing alarming here Bokeh was pretty smooth thanks to that large maximum aperture Vignetting f 1 4 full frame vs 1 6x crop On a slightly negative side I noticed that AF hunts occasionally when trying to focus on objects at close distances The lens was also somewhat prone to chromatic aberration with wide open aperture with both APS C and FF cameras Vignetting at wide apertures was non existent on APS C but more pronounced on a full frame sensor The lens showed no visible barrel distortion which comes as a no surprise for a 50mm lens ISO 100 1 3200 f 1 4 50mm 100 crop Sample images coming soon Lab Tests Please note that MTF50 results for APS C and Full Frame cameras are not cross comparable despite the same normalized 0 1 range used to report results for both types of cameras Canon APS C The lens showed very solid performance in the lab both center and borders were tack sharp from f 2 8 through the rest of the tested aperture range with peak balanced performance from f 2 8 through f 8 Performance at f 1 8 was quite decent in the center but rather average around borders but f 1 4 was clearly the weakest link with mediocre center and border performance At its peak the lens would produce outstanding 19in and decent 24in prints Conclusion Forgetting the relatively weak performance with wide open aperture Canon EF 50mm f 1 4 USM is an amazingly solid performer that would easily give a run for its money to the more expensive and slightly faster Canon EF 50mm f 1 2L USM MTF50 Line Width Inch on the Print 50mm Normalized raw MTF50 50mm The

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  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Review
    medium telephoto lens making it an interesting choice for portrait photography Because the lens is quite fast it is also suitable for low light photography The front element of the lens does not rotate which allows attaching a filter to the mounting thread on the front of the lens The filter size is 52mm and has a minimal focusing distance of 45cm 1 5ft The lens accepts Canon s EF 62 lens hood which has to be attached to the hood adapter screwed to the front of the lens The factory box includes Canon EF 50mm f 1 8 II lens front and read lens caps and informational booklet Summary Lens Composition 6 elements in 5 groups Angular Field 46 degrees Minimum Focus 45cm 1 5ft Focusing Action AF MF Micro Motor f stop Scale f 1 8 f 22 camera controlled Filter Size 52mm Lens Hood ES 62 optional Weight 130g 4 6oz Dimensions 68 2x41mm 2 7x1 6 Lens Case LP1014 optional Field Tests Canon EF 50mm f 1 8 II was full of surprises And most of them are positive The lens produced outstanding results across all aperture levels with best overall performance at f 5 6 As expected from a fixed focal lens Canon EF 50mm f 1 8 does not produce any noticeable distortions The only weak aspect of the lens besides its build quality is the AF mechanism While AF is fast and accurate most of the time at least it occasionally hunts in low light Releasing the shutter button and then pressing it again typically solves the problem ISO 400 1 250 f 1 8 50mm Canon 5D Bokeh handling was sort of on an average side both near and far OOF objects were nicely blurred leaving a pretty narrow focused focal place however OOF highlights were not quite uniformly lit and carried distinct bright edges OOF contrast transitions were pretty smooth and there were no noticeable double edging around background objects Canon EF 50mm f 1 8 II produced pretty decent quality bokeh OOF highlight areas were round and more or less uniform in shape with some minor double edging Images carried pretty smooth blurring transitions from near to far distance OOF objects which resulted in a quite pleasant effect Vignetting f 1 8 full frame vs 1 6x crop The lens produced negligible amount of vignetting on a full frame Canon 5D at f 1 8 which becomes non existent once stopped down to f 2 On an APS C camera vignetting was non existent to start with Title Title Title Title Title View the embedded image gallery online at http slrlensreview com web reviews canon lenses canon standard 62 canon ef 50mm f18 ii lens review sigProGalleriaac75d32dcd Lab Tests Please note that MTF50 results for APS C and Full Frame cameras are not cross comparable despite the same normalized 0 1 range used to report results for both types of cameras Canon APS C For a 70 piece of plastic

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  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Review
    Canon EF 85mm f 1 2L II USM lens front and rear caps ES 79II snap on type lens hood LP1219 soft case manual and registration card Summary Lens Composition 8 elements in 7 groups Angular Field 29 degrees Minimum Focus 95cm 3 2ft Focusing Action AF MF USM f stop Scale f 1 4 f 16 camera controlled Filter Size 72mm Lens Hood ES 79II included Weight 1 025g 36 2oz Dimensions 91 5x84mm 3 6x3 3 Lens Case LP1219 included Field Tests Canon EF 85mm f 1 2L II USM performed very well in the field Canon claims that the Mk2 revision of the lens speeds up auto focus 1 8x times compared to the previous model And while I have not had a chance to test the first generation sample of this lens so I can t do a proper comparison AF system of Mk2 was extremely fast and very accurate in most situations The lens showcased outstanding overall performance with very sharp center across aperture range At its widest aperture levels the lens produced very smooth bokeh so I did not bother comparing border sharpness from f 1 2 through f 2 But by f 2 8 borders were as sharp as the center at least visually Vignetting f 1 2 full frame vs 1 6x crop The lens showed moderate amount of vignetting on a full frame Canon 5D at f 1 2 It is reduced as you stop down and by f 2 8 becomes practically non existent On an APS C type Canon 400D the lens showed no vignetting throughout the tested aperture range Color representation was pretty accurate albeit as with most Canon lenses it was a tidbit on a warmer side The lens fell prone to minor color fringing at its widest aperture level across the frame Flare while present at f 1 2 was not extreme which is surprising for a lens with such a large maximum aperture ISO 100 1 4000 f 1 2 85mm 100 crop Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title Title View the embedded image gallery online at http slrlensreview com web reviews canon lenses canon standard 63 canon ef 85mm f12l ii usm lens review sigProGalleria974573e1a1 Lab Tests Please note that MTF50 results for APS C and Full Frame cameras are not cross comparable despite the same normalized 0 1 range used to report results for both types of cameras Canon APS C Canon EF 85mm f 1 2L II USM demonstrated outstanding performance in the center pretty much throughout the aperture range At f 1 2 center sharpness is already very respectable and with stopped down aperture it becomes exceptional Border performance lags a little bit and at wide aperture levels f 1 2 through f 1 4 it is not very spectacular mildly put Quality improves as you stop down and by f 2 8 it reaches solid levels and by

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  • Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Review
    factory box includes Canon EF 85mm f 1 8 lens front and rear lens caps manual and warranty card Summary Lens Composition 9 elements in 7 groups Angular Field 29 degrees Minimum Focus 85cm 2 8ft Focusing Action AF MF USM f stop Scale f 1 8 camera controlled Filter Size 58mm Lens Hood ET 65III optional Weight 425g 15oz Dimensions 75x71 5mm 3x2 8 Lens Case LP1014 optional Field Tests The lens performed quite well in general tests Images taken with the lens were tack sharp from f 4 both in the center and around borders but the lens seemed to struggle a bit around corners at its widest aperture even with an APS C camera Colors were somewhat on a warmer side something easily correctable during post processing step The lens produced decent but otherwise uninspiring bokeh AF was accurate and reasonably fast even in low light settings Vignetting f 1 8 full frame vs 1 6x crop As expected from a medium telephoto prime lens Canon EF 85mm f 1 8 showed no visible barrel distortion Vignetting on APS C type camera was well under control throughout the tested apertures but on a full frame body the lens showed minor vignetting at f 1 8 which is reduced at f 2 8 and becomes pretty much non existent starting at f 4 The lens showed minor levels of chromatic aberration when wide open with both APS C and full frame cameras and was somewhat prone to purple fringing at f 1 8 ISO 100 1 4000 f 1 8 85mm 100 crop Sample images coming soon Lab Tests This is an update to the lab tests report using a different sample of the lens Please note that MTF50 results for APS C and Full Frame cameras are not cross comparable despite the same normalized 0 1 range used to report results for both types of cameras Canon APS C The first sample of the lens I sourced for testing showed rather average results in the lab performance in the center was quite decent but quality of borders suffered especially at f 1 8 The difference in performance between the first and second samples of Canon EF 85mm f 1 8 USM is quite drastic Quality in the center which as I mentioned was already pretty decent improved by an average of 5 across entire aperture range The most noticeable improvement however was around borders Here the second sample of EF 85mm f 1 8 USM finally showed what a truly good copy of this lens could achieve While still somewhat softer compared to the center at f 1 8 image sharpness around borders almost matches that of the center and remains consistently high throughout the rest of the aperture range At its peak the lens is capable of producing high quality 19in and very decent 24in prints Conclusion Results are quite impressive even for a medium telephoto lens and rightfully put the lens into the top quartile

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  • Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus Lens Review
    quality was pretty good across the aperture range borders were noticeably soft on both APS C as well as FF cameras Unfortunately stopping down the lens did not improve image resolution around borders Furthermore the lens produced images that were washed out and lacking contrast Color reproduction was more on the warmer side which is typical for most Canon lenses The lens showed its ancient design AF system was way too slow and way too noisy The system hunted quite often and not just in dark but pretty much in all lightning conditions The soft focus operation is pretty transparent you can switch the lens into soft focus mode mode 1 or 2 by first pulling the SF switch and then rotating the soft focus ring Once you position the soft focus ring in the mode you want to use all shots you d take will be blurred automatically Fortunately AF system will continue to work even in the soft focus mode so basically overall operation of the lens does not really change ISO 400m 1 60 f 2 8 135mm Canon 5D The lens did not show any particular strength in handling bokeh Fore background objects were sufficiently blurred and contrast transitions were more or less smooth however OOF highlights carried distinct highlights around edges and background objects showed occasional double edging Vignetting f 2 8 full frame vs 1 6x crop The lens showed minor vignetting on a full frame Canon 5D with wide open aperture This is rather unusual for a telephoto lens of this focal length and hence is a bit disappointing Fortunately vignetting is reduced with stopped down aperture and by f 5 6 it is all but gone And on APS C body the lens showed no vignetting throughout the tested aperture range not surprising since the APS C sensor has a smaller coverage The lens fell prone to color fringing pretty much across the frame on both full frame as well as APS C bodies see front of the chair on the right side of the image crop below On a somewhat positive side flare as well as distortion were basically non existent ISO 100 1 3200 f 2 8 135mm 100 crop Canon EF 135mm f 2 8 Softfocus image gallery Lab Tests Please note that MTF50 results for APS C and Full Frame cameras are not cross comparable despite the same normalized 0 1 range used to report results for both types of cameras Canon APS C Canon EF 135mm f 2 8 Softfocus showed a rather mixed performance in the lab Center image quality was very good throughout the tested aperture range This was quite encouraging early on but miracles ended here Border quality was mediocre from f 2 8 all the way through the rest of the tested aperture Performance around borders stays at about the same level but consistency is not really a benefit here Unfortunately there s not much to report there are no peaks and huge

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  • Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens Review
    the front element of the lens does not rotate during focusing so you can attach a circular polarizer to the front mounting thread The lens measures 8 25x11 2cm 3 2x4 4in and weighs 750g 1 7lb The lens is designed to fit Canon EF mount and on EF S cameras with 1 6x crop factor the lens has field of view simiar to that on a 216mm lens of a full frame body The lens is compatible with Canon EF 1 4x II and EF 2x II Extenders as well as accepts Gelatin Filter Holder Adapters III and IV The factory box includes Canon EF 135mm f 2 0L USM lens front and rear caps ET 78II lens hood LP1219 soft case manual and registration card Summary Lens Composition 10 elements in 8 groups Angular Field 18 degrees Minimum Focus 90cm 3ft Focusing Action AF MF USM f stop Scale f 2 f 32 camera controlled Filter Size 72mm Lens Hood ET 78II included Weight 750g 1 7lb Dimensions 82 5x112mm 3 2x4 4 Lens Case LP1219 included Field Tests The lens performed quite well in the field images were pretty sharp from wide open through the rest of the tested aperture range although images were a little bit softer around borders at f 2 AF was pretty fast and accurate most of the time but did occasionally hunt at minimum focusing ranges this does seems to be pretty common with most AF systems so it doesn t necessarily have to be perceived negatively Vignetting f 2 0 full frame vs 1 6x crop On an APS C camera vignetting was negligible throughout the tested aperture Not so on a full frame body where the lens did show moderate level of vignetting at f 2 which was reduced drastically once stopped down to f 2 8 As expected from a fixed focal lens Canon EF 135mm f 2L USM did not exhibit any barrel distortion and managed to hold up the ground against flare but unfortunately it produced occasional and minimal purple fringing ISO 100 1 4000 f 2 135mm 100 crop Sample images coming soon Lab Tests Please note that MTF50 results for APS C and Full Frame cameras are not cross comparable despite the same normalized 0 1 range used to report results for both types of cameras Canon APS C Canon EF 135mm f 2 0L USM showed very solid performance in the lab Center performance is outstanding from f 2 8 but even at f 2 quality remains at a decent level Border performance follows similar trend at f 2 quality is already good and it only improves with stopped down aperture Overall performance peaks in the f 2 8 f 8 range At its best the lens is capable of producing outstanding 19in and very decent 24in prints which is quite respectable even for a prime lens Conclusion While the results are not strictly speaking unique quality both build and image fully supports the

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  • Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Review
    Rebels The lens provides 0 16x maximum magnification at its minimum focusing distance of 1 5m 4 9ft The minimum aperture is f 32 as with majority of other modern Canon lenses aperture settings are camera controlled meaning there s no aperture ring The filter size is 72mm On an APS C camera with 1 6x crop ratio the lens will have a field of view similar to that of a 320mm lens on a full frame body The lens does not include a tripod mount ring but having one Tripod Mount Ring A is advisable since the lens is moderately heavy and can tip a lightweight camera The lens is also compatible with EF 1 4x extender as well as Canon s EF 12 II and EF 25 II Extension Tubes The factory box includes Canon EF 200mm f 2 8L II USM lens ET 83BII lens hood LP1222 soft case front and rear caps manual and warranty card Summary Lens Composition 9 elements in 7 groups Angular Field 12 degrees Minimum Focus 1 5m 4 9ft Focusing Action AF MF USM f stop Scale f 2 8 f 32 camera controlled Filter Size 72mm Lens Hood ET 83BII included Weight 765g 1 7lb Dimensions 83x136mm 3 3x5 4 Lens Case LP1222 included Field Tests Canon EF 200mm f 2 8L II USM performed quite well in general field tests Image quality held up nicely throughout the aperture range with no visual degradation around borders whatsoever AF was quite fast and accurate As is the case with most Canon lenses EF 200mm produced color palette that was somewhat on the warmer side Vignetting f 2 8 full frame vs 1 6x crop Vignetting was very negligible on a full frame camera and pretty much non existent on an APS C camera As expected from a telephoto fixed focal lens barrel distortion was non existent and the lens held up quite well against flare However it fell prone to occasional color fringing as seen from the image below ISO 100 1 1250 f 2 8 200mm 100 crop Sample images coming soon Lab Tests Please note that MTF50 results for APS C and Full Frame cameras are not cross comparable despite the same normalized 0 1 range used to report results for both types of cameras Canon APS C The lens showed very solid performance in the lab Results were very evenly distributed across the entire tested aperture range with center and border performance following each other neck in neck This is clearly a welcome characteristic in any lens And with no major fall offs to speak about the lens is capable of producing outstanding 19in and decent 24in prints at its peak around f 5 6 Conclusion Overall performance is not necessarily jaw dropping but that s OK a lens does not need to have MTF curves that shoot off the chart And in that sense Canon EF 200mm f 2 8L II USM is an outstanding telephoto lens

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