Created 5-Feb-07
Modified 13-Nov-08
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All images taken with Canon EOS 5D at the maximum aperture of my three fastest prime lenses:

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM
Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM


The purpose of this collection is to explore the capabilities and the limitations of these lenses. We pay MUCH more for these lenses than for their slower counterparts. For the "L" series lenses, we are also paying for better optics, build quality, autofocus, weatherproofing, etc. In turn, because of their large maximum aperture, these lenses are much larger and heavier than slower lenses of equivalent focal length.

Is the large aperture worth the larger size, added weight and higher cost? The answer is entirely dependent on individual photographic needs and desires.

This collection has no theme other than maximum aperture. Images were taken in good light and in poor light; at low ISOs and at high ISOs (up to 3200); indoors and outdoors; still life and fast action; up close and at a distance.

I have no particular skill with these lenses. In fact, I am very much in a learning mode when it comes to shooting at these apertures, where depth of field (the zone of apparent focus) may be a few millimeters at close focus distance.

All images were shot RAW and converted with Adobe Camera Raw or Canon Digital Photo Professional. Minimal post processing was done (cropping, global and/or selective toning, retouching, selective sharpening, occasional cloning). No blur filters. No perspective transformations.

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Keywords:135, 50, 85, Canon, f/1.2, f/1.4, f/2, fast lens, prime

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