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Canon EF 28mm f/2.8

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Review Date: Sep 26, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $150.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Compact and lightweight with very good IQ. A terrific bargain as a used lens.
Cons:
Older EF lens design going back to late 80s, but reliable.

Ha-ha! I bought Michelle's (mco_970, see below) lens, which she bought from another FM'er. Smile I also bought it as a whim, while buying her EF 35/2 -- this price was too good to pass buy, so got them both as a package deal.
Everything she says is true.
It's a very handy lens with pleasing IQ -- no one will complain about the images. Very compact and light weight. Should make a nice companion to the new 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens for hiking or walking around with a belt lens pouch.


 
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye

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Review Date: Sep 26, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Amazing color and sharpness. Surprisingly low flare, and ghosts look good.
Cons:
None

I bought the lens used in excellent condition. So sorry this isn't being made anymore. Incredible quality of imaging and construction -- deserves an "L" and red ring. Special use, but worth owning.

 
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

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Review Date: Sep 26, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: A near-perfect lens. Amazing package: incredible IQ, macro, smooth AF, great IS.
Cons:
Bulky and overly large lens hood.

A must own lens for anyone looking for top image quality in a medium telephoto. Good for all sorts of subjects, not just macro.

 
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake

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Review Date: Sep 26, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Extremely good IQ from f/4 on. Extremely inexpensive. Extremely compact. Possibly the best IQ/price ratio of any lens.
Cons:
Manual focus ring -- focus by wire. No lens hood.

Quite a lot of light fall-off wide open, but gives great center sharpness wide open. Decent OOF areas wide open. Very good close focusing. Surprisingly, one of the sharpest lenses in my Canon collection, certainly the sharpest bargain lens I've ever used by any maker.

 
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM

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Review Date: Jun 27, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,700.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Super-versatile! Great color and perfect contrast for people and events. Build quality is impressive.
Cons:
Weight and size, but not like having five other lenses to replace it! :) And not like I didn't know it was going to be BIG.

Bury me with this lens!

Scratch that -- I don't want this gem to get cremated, or moldering underground. Smile

One of the most expensive Canon L lens I've owned, even if I did buy it used. (I don't own or need any of the really expensive long telephoto "L's".) The only lens I have that is in that range is the 24 TS-E II, and it is less by several hundred. Both these lenses are show-stoppers, and indispensible to me.

Much/most of my income these days is from events of varioius kinds, and until now, I've gotten by very well with the 24-70L. But this lens on a full frame camera is just an ideal combination. Skin tones are so fantastic, and the IS is amazing.

I originally had the 35-350L, and would have kept that except for the lack of IS, and I do appreciate the wider 28mm. But if the 35-350 had IS, I would used it with the 16-35L II. Now, I really only need this 28-300 and I'm good for all sorts of activities.

The single most valuable lens for me making money at photography.


 
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8

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Review Date: Jun 27, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $850.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Awesome lens -- even without any movements, this is an amazing lens! Practically a macro.
Cons:
Zero

Bought used (well used), 1997 model. Couldn't wait longer for a revised model at probably much higher price.

Totally happy! Everything positive I've read about this model is true.

Sold my legendary Zeiss ZE 21/2.8 (near new) to help finance this and the 45 TS-E lenses. Best idea I've had in a long time! Bye-bye Zeiss that saw little use (own the 24 TS-E II) and hello to more wonderful TS-E lenses!

Although I still need and use zoom lenses, and still like Alt (especially Leica R), I only want to shoot with TS-E lenses now. Well, and nice Macro lenses too.


 
Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8

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Review Date: Jun 27, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent IQ -- much better than I expected, based on forum posts.
Cons:
Zero

This is my fourth Canon TS-E lens. I've now owned all three originals, and have moved up to the 24 TS-E II. I got tired of waiting for the models to be revised, so felt the time was right to finally buy the 90 and 45 this year. I'm very happy! Now I only need the 17 to complete the collection.

I love zoom lenses, but I do my best work with TS-E and various Marco lenses. Although a bit limiting in focal range, I could survive with just those two types. Image quality is superb.

For perspective, I sold my Zeiss ZE 21/2.8 (near new) to help finance the 90 and 45 TS lenses. These two meet my expectations over the Zeiss, which fell short in a couple key areas.

Of the TS-E I have owned, I rank them all very highly, even the original 24 now that LR3 and LR4 clears up the CA fringing and light falloff. Top performance is from the 24 II, second is the 90, third is the 45, and last in IQ is the original 24. Still, I'd rather have the original 24 than have no TS-E at all!


 

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