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p.4 #1 · p.4 #1 · Canon "Sleeper" lenses


The 50/2.5 macro.


Nov 28, 2005 at 04:17 PM
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p.4 #2 · p.4 #2 · Canon "Sleeper" lenses


I nominate the older 24-85 F3.5-4.5 silver version, made for the introduction of the then new EOS IX APS. Sharp wide open with very good color/contrast.

http://www.camera.canon.com.my/archive/photography/nut/nuts7/index.htm



Nov 28, 2005 at 04:32 PM
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p.4 #3 · p.4 #3 · Canon "Sleeper" lenses


I am really surprised that my "sleeper" hasn't been talked about.
I use the 28/135 USM IS on both my 300D (wife) and my 20D. We shoot horse shows and the range is perfect for arena shots. I quick tweak in PS and you have very saleable images. Also they can serve as backups to each other if one of us needs the 70/200 range.

But this is from a "What lens makes me money" viewpoint.

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Nov 28, 2005 at 05:49 PM
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p.4 #4 · p.4 #4 · Canon "Sleeper" lenses


28-135 IS is still a popular lens so its not really a sleeper, But non the less it is a good lens!


Nov 28, 2005 at 07:47 PM
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p.4 #5 · p.4 #5 · Canon "Sleeper" lenses


After reading the whole thread I would have to say the only true sleeper in the bunch is the Plastic Fantastic 50/1.8 MkII. Razor sharp, fast and light and all for about $70 bucks. I own one and love it. You get a little better bokeh with the more expensive 50's but for 70 lousy dollars you can't go wrong.


Nov 28, 2005 at 08:23 PM
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p.4 #6 · p.4 #6 · Canon "Sleeper" lenses


50 1.8
135 SF (without the use of SF)

A lot of people say the 50 macro... But it bothers me that it isn't a 1:1 macro lens without an adapter. The sigma 50mm is a true 1:1 lens.



Nov 28, 2005 at 08:34 PM
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p.4 #7 · p.4 #7 · Canon "Sleeper" lenses


50mm F1.8. $70 and image quality on par with my 70-200 2.8L.


Nov 28, 2005 at 08:49 PM
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p.4 #8 · p.4 #8 · Canon "Sleeper" lenses


80-200 f2.8.....almost a sleeper, its still huge but its black....

I just picked up one and will be posting samples.



Nov 28, 2005 at 09:12 PM
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p.4 #9 · p.4 #9 · Canon "Sleeper" lenses


Rusty1 wrote:
I nominate the older 24-85 F3.5-4.5 silver version, made for the introduction of the then new EOS IX APS. Sharp wide open with very good color/contrast.

http://www.camera.canon.com.my/archive/photography/nut/nuts7/index.htm


The fact that it was first noted on page 6 makes it a sleeper IMHO!! I have had 2 of these, one silver and another black and they have both been very very good. Almost as sharp at my 28-70 f/2.8L at half the weight! Another advantage is that if you have the 70-200 f/4L which is another great lens, they both share the 67mm threads.

- Vivek



Nov 28, 2005 at 10:15 PM
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p.4 #10 · p.4 #10 · Canon "Sleeper" lenses


No one has mentioned the 70-300 DO IS, yet. It's really sleepy, I guess
I love mine and use it as my long travel lens. Great IS, tiny with a useful range. It does require good exposure and some PP to make it ZING... Very useful lens, to me!

Cheers,
Hugh



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p.4 #11 · p.4 #11 · Canon "Sleeper" lenses


About the 28-135 IS...not a bad lens, but there are better. The 28-105 3.5-4.5 is nearly the same range, MUCH better in image quality, and MUCH lower priced...making it a true "sleeper" IMHO.


Nov 29, 2005 at 07:20 AM
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p.4 #12 · p.4 #12 · Canon "Sleeper" lenses


Though I've never used one, all accounts of the 100/f2 (which I heard is a very likely candidate to be revamped in 2006) produces some very very pleasing results, it's just that when people want a 100mm prime, they overlook that one to get the macro instead (which, for portraits, can be a bit too sharp).


Nov 29, 2005 at 12:51 PM
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p.4 #13 · p.4 #13 · Canon "Sleeper" lenses


I have never seen anyone talk about the 100 f2.0! A True sleeper!!


Nov 29, 2005 at 02:50 PM
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Shivatron wrote:
The 50/1.8 is the ultimate sleeper. It's bay far the cheapest lens Canon makes, but it's image quality rivals that of many L zooms.


Well, there are really only 4 L zooms covering the 50mm - old 28-80, 28-70 and new 24-70 and 24-105. I have no experience with 24-105, but I can't possibly imagine how the 50 1.8 can "rival" image quality of the other 3.

Color and contrast is far superior with L zooms and sharpness is at least comparable or better. Granted, for $70 the 50 1.8 is a bargain, but "rivaling" L zooms is a bit far-fetched I think.

Which L zooms did you have in mind?



Nov 29, 2005 at 04:03 PM
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About the 28-135 IS...not a bad lens, but there are better. The 28-105 3.5-4.5 is nearly the same range, MUCH better in image quality, and MUCH lower priced...making it a true "sleeper" IMHO.

I've never seen anything objective that shows the 28-105 to have "MUCH" better image quality. And the higher cost is mainly because of the IS.. just as the 75-300 IS costs double the non-IS 75-300. --c



Nov 29, 2005 at 04:09 PM
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p.4 #16 · p.4 #16 · Canon "Sleeper" lenses


What about:
28-200 f3.5-5.6 USM
100-300 f3.5-5.6 or even the 100-300 f5.6 L?



Nov 29, 2005 at 05:35 PM
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p.4 #17 · p.4 #17 · Canon "Sleeper" lenses


I agree about the 20mm 2.8 but the 24mm 2.8 is a very fine lens with excellent sharpness and almost no distortion.


Nov 29, 2005 at 06:08 PM
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p.4 #18 · p.4 #18 · Canon "Sleeper" lenses


What about the 28 f2.8? also another cheap Canon prime.


Nov 29, 2005 at 07:02 PM
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p.4 #19 · p.4 #19 · Canon "Sleeper" lenses


PhotoHound wrote:
The 28-105/3.5-4.5 USM (metal mount) is a heck of a lens for its range and price, great quality and very sharp.



I have to second this. An older version of the 28-105. I bought one with an Elan II quite a few years ago and have always been impressed with it's performance.

They are so reasonably priced on the used market that I decided to keep mine although it gets little action with the lenses I normally carry.

Paul







Nov 30, 2005 at 07:07 AM
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p.4 #20 · p.4 #20 · Canon "Sleeper" lenses


50mm Mark I f1.8 better construction than the second.


Nov 30, 2005 at 07:52 AM
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