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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 1:36 pm 
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This is nearly a perfect lens. There are countless reviews on this lens that go into much greater detail than I could ever say so I'll keep it brief. First off this is not the IS version, but optically they should be the same.

A decent sized zoom with a constant f/2.8 is very handy when you need it. It works well for portraits if you're shooting outside, or have a very large studio. The bokeh is also creamy smooth like some of the other "L" lenses. I regret selling this one. I was going through an "everything must be a prime" stage and sold it off to fund the 135L. Now I wish I could have it back. :cry: I wouldn't have any regrets recommending this lens to anyone. It works well for sports, portraits, isolated landscapes, product photography, etc...

The photos below were taken with a 20D.

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105mm, 1/800th @ f/2.8, ISO400

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70mm, 1/400th @ f/8, ISO400

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70mm, 1/800th @ f/2.8, ISO400

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70mm, 1/1250th @ f/2.8, ISO800

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70mm, 1/320th @ f/6.3, ISO200

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105mm, 1/250th @ f/8, ISO100
***this image was taken with extension tubes mounted to give you a pseudo macro effect**

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160mm, 1/100th @ f/9, ISO100
***extension tubes used here too***

(Mods, if this portion belongs in another thread please feel free to move it. Thanks)
Since there are a few product shots posted here I thought I'd mention a few helpful pointers when shooting stock or product photography.
1. Shoot at the lowest possible ISO
2. Shoot at a high f-stop if you are trying to capture detail or increase the dof.
3. A tripod and remote release is a must. I guess self timer may work too.
4. Use multiple lighting sources to avoid shadows as much as possible.
5. Try to isolate your subject as much as possible.

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2008 1:08 pm 
No negative cons on this lens?! humfp :D you always have cons, notes etc.,

:) very nice portait lens indeed :D if have no Canon EF 85/1,2 L II :P probably get same quality


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2008 2:27 pm 
Stunning thats all I can say.....


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 10:02 am 
Well i love this lens especially with IS version but very heavy afterall but the price is expensive what you pay is what you get this lens i prefer mostly indoors and im gonna get it soon


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:18 pm 
i <3 the 2.8 version

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