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5D Mark II and optics
As with the Nikon D3x, the 5D Mark II sensor is so demanding that every optical shortcoming is revealed. Use the best glass. Examples of “best” include Canon’s 85mm f/1.8, 85mm f/1.2L II, 135mm f/2L, super telephotos such as the 300mm f/2.8L, etc. Lenses under 60mm are bound to disappoint in some cases, which is not to say that excellent results are not possible with some care (field curvature, aperture, etc). Zoom lenses like the 24-105mm f/4L and 70-200mm f/4L can yield very good results, but definitely are not “all there”.
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Canon 5D Mark II + Zeiss ZF 100/2 Makro-Planar, 1/50 @ f/5.6, ISO 100