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Old 2nd of January 2006 (Mon)   #1
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It all started during a Canon demo in Calumet. They had a 5D with a 35 f1.4 attached. At first I didn't realize it was the 35L...........I snapped a shot and I was blown away with the photo on the LCD. Of course I thought it was the camera........but then it hit me when I saw the lens - 35 f1.4 L!!! I was hooked!!! Ideally, it would be a 5D and 35 L combo.........however, the 5D is twice the cost. And as the saying goes "optics > body"..........so it was the 35 that went on my "next to buy" list.

The hunt begins. Went to B&H......and they were sold out. I decided to see the 24L and the 45 TSE (two other lenses I hope to own one day). The 24 was a tad heavy......and wide open shots showed some CA. The 45 TSE lacked contrast.........and it was difficult to use without AF on my 20D. I checked Norman Camera (the place where i bought my 85L - SOLD OUT). Searched on the marketplace here and FM - no luck. Finally went to Adorama.......and they HAVE IT!!! Even better, they had the imported version (which saved me an extra $20!!!)



The lens!!!



17-40, 35 and 85 Ls.



Glass real estate. 17-40, 35 and 85. The clear winner is the 85L.

You all might've seen the amazing photos from this lens......but there is something to be said about how this lens feels and operates. It is (I think) the perfect sized lens on any camera body. Slightly heavier than the 17-40, but about the same size. It has a nice petal hood that can be reversed and easily stored in a bag. As for the way it operates.........one word - SMOOTH. Focusing is blazing fast and accurate. And it is QUIET...........half-press, and you are ready to shoot. As with all L lenses, build quality is always EXCELLENT, so this lens is no exception.



f1.4, 1/250, ISO 400

USES: This lens excells in low light shooting. I think that it has a very nice perspective when shooting indoors (much better than my 50 f1.4). When shooting portraiture, this lens proves more versatile than the 85 focal length. It can easily go from head, shoulder/head, waist up.......and full length.



f1.6, 1/25, ISO 400



f2, 1/40, ISO 400



f1.4, 1/30, ISO 400 (I love how it rendered the bokeh......not choppy)

IMAGE QUALITY: Many of you have heard of the superb image quality of this lens......and it definitely has it. For a 35 focal length, the bokeh this lens produces are smooth and pleasing. The color and contrast are AMAZING!!! And it is SHARP and useable wide open (something I consider very important). The images themselves doesn't have the dreamy effect of the 85L, however, they have a certain POP that gives the whole photo a very distinct look.



f1.4, 1/50, ISo 800



f1.4, 1/30, ISO 800



UNEDITED wide open 100% crop

35 f2 VS 35 f1.4 L: Not even a question. I have tried both and the 35 f1.4 is the clear winner. I once owned the buzzy 35 f2.........and though it was a nice lens, it was no better than my 50 f1.8. IN the end, I decided to keep the plastic-fantastic and saved on the extra cash. I would advice that if you are deciding between the f2 and f1.4 version.....just bite the bullet and get the f1.4 version, you will be happier in the end without getting that "need to upgrade" feeling.



f1.4, 1/160, ISo 400

So in conclusion, this is an AWESOME lens. There is a reason why this lens is hard to find. Just reading reviews and looking at the sample images doesn't even compare to actually holding this lens in person and using it. It's truly a joy and well worth the price.



f1.4, 1/80, ISO 800

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

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great series. wonderful lens. definitely a must have.
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A must have lens for sure!!!

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I think this is the first time I ever typed a swear word in this forum...

Damn!

Thanks for giving me "lens envy" to start the year.
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I think this is the first time I ever typed a swear word in this forum...

Damn!

Thanks for giving me "lens envy" to start the year.


There are other people in this forum that can share the blame.......

Schmoezel and Dante!!!

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You've got me thinking about this lens now... I clearly remember your thread about the 85L, "Bokeh Heaven"... You've done it again!

Would it be inappropriate to add that you have some very cute friends?
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Agh...I'm so torn. I've been DYING to get another long lens (considered another 100-400L and the 300 f/4L), but this lens is so amazing...I don't know what to do!!
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You guys are out of my league, but the shots are amazing. The glass pictures made me wish I drank (a little). And your friends are cute. I used to look like that BC (before children).

Congrats on the lens. And I am not going to listen to any more talk about buying lenses. Not listening . . . .

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BLAH BLAH BLAH I CAN'T HEAR YOUUUUUUU!

You're a silly sally....er suzy.


Wonderful shots, and yeah...cute friends.
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You've got me thinking about this lens now... I clearly remember your thread about the 85L, "Bokeh Heaven"... You've done it again!

Would it be inappropriate to add that you have some very cute friends?
They are cute

Yeah.....there is something about Canon L primes............they are more addictive than the zooms.

Esp. the 85 and 35........they seem to be the most popular.

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Agh...I'm so torn. I've been DYING to get another long lens (considered another 100-400L and the 300 f/4L), but this lens is so amazing...I don't know what to do!!
YOu already have a 70-200 f2.8L ......... Can I suggest the 400 f5.6??

In any case.........the 35 f1.4 will get more use if you shoot a lot indoors.

..........Just my advice

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You guys are out of my league, but the shots are amazing. The glass pictures made me wish I drank (a little). And your friends are cute. I used to look like that BC (before children).

Congrats on the lens. And I am not going to listen to any more talk about buying lenses. Not listening . . . .

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BC!!! That is a good one

There are still many 35 f1.4 that needs a good home........would u adopt one??

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Oh gosh...all I do is indoors, since I don't have a nice telephoto. I honestly don't consider the 70-200L IS a "long" lens. It's not near long enough for anything I like. 400mm is a minimum for a "long" lens for me. I just use the 70-200 for closeups at a reception or singling someone out of a crowd. Other than that, it gets next to no use. My 24-70L is on 99% of the time.
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Wonderfull,. and your freinds and relatives or whatever,. are all beautifull too
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I just looked at the others in that link. You are one hell of a photographer, bub. Much respect.

By the way, I just looked into ordering a 35L, and I can't find one ANYwhere.
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