Excerpt: This lens is fantastic, and will help a skilled portrait photographer produce excellent images. Compared to my other L series portrait lenses (which are also amazing) this lens is superior in many ways. For instance, it seems even sharper and quicker to focus than my 135mm f/2 L. Previously, I had thought that the 135L represented the "ceiling" or the absolute best performance/image quality that can be had.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Sexy As F, Twice As Fast As F28
Cons: Attention Grabbing, Expensive, Heavy, Not An Indoor Lens Duh
Excerpt: Sharp, Sharp, Sharp. So sharp you won't have to post-sharpen your image, especially a portrait subject.I received my lens last week and photographed my 4 year niece a few days later at the park with lens attached to a Canon 5D Mark II. Photographed her in open shade at 1/125 sec @f/2.8, handheld with IS turned on. I can't believe how sharp the image is at f/2.8 and the sharpness and creamy bokeh can't be beat by the Canon 135mm and 70-200mm f/2.8 II IS lens set to f/2.8.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Incredible sharpness, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: My previous 200mm f2 was the Nikon version vri. Im happy with the Canon version as its technically 400 grams lighter which is a lot when you have to lug it around all day. Performance is around the same. Feet on the canon is better. Collar on the canon is better with preset 90 degree positions that click into place. Make sure you get the don zeck cap with this. I was lucky with my copy as i did not experience the noise issues when paired with the 5d mark iii.
Summary: In this lens you can basically buy youself into the ranks of the great candid portrait photographers, when combining this with the 5D3, you can automatically take terrific photos of young people, but the old folks may not like the photos because they are too revealing. Try to politely change a lens or intentionally blur the images when you are shooting moms and grannies.
Conclusion: One of the greatest lens I've ever used. I had the f/1,8 FD version, which was already stunning, but this new model is even better, especially wide open. And the stabilizer is a great addition. To improve this lens, I can only think about a shorter minimum focusing distance. Other than that, this lens is just perfect from every point of view, regardless of the diaphragm, the lighting or the distance of focus. Bokeh is very beautiful.
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images, bokeh, sharpness wide open, color rendition
Excerpt: This is one of those lenses people research for months and go back and forth on. The price scares folks, the "weight" .Really those are the only things I could imagine anyone could find to complain about with the lens, First off the price is totally reasonable to me, I cant imagine the millions and millions of dollars spent to develop this lens, Now im not saying you wont be shocked when you open the credit card bill, but come on, you cant fake what this lens does.And...
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Use this for basketball shootin with my 5d mark 2. Awesome lens but ended up selling mine for more than what I paid for it and ended up buying a 7d and the 135 f2 lens that live together. Was able to pick up the 50 1.2 for the 5d. Digging this set up a lot. Smaller, lighter and got a bit more reach.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction