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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Oct 3, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $360.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build quality, Fast lens, USM, mounts on FF and Crop bodies.
Cons:
none

I bought this lens here on FM. When I took out out of the box I was impressed with its size and weight. It felt like a real lens, not a play toy. 85mm F1.8 is a great Portrait lens. Very nice background blur when shoot wide.
58mm Filter thread is a bit small, but is easy on the wallet. USM makes this lens a real winner.
Great lens for a great price. Win Win. Add this to you bag of tricks


 
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

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Review Date: Apr 7, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $140.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Price, Optical Image Stabilizer technology, Compact, Lightness (as in not heavy), Damn Sharp for a Kit lens. Fast AF (better, but not USM)
Cons:
only 55mm, not USM (but fast AF)

I've had this little gem for about 7 months now. I was looking for a wider lens than my current Sigma 28-70mm F2.8 EX DG. Yes it only has a F3.5 at its widest but has the "IS" to compensate. Yes there is barrel distortion, but this is correctable within Photoshop. Also would like to mention that if you create a workflow like I did. using bridge I meta tag my images with 18mm as a tag, i can quickly filter these images and run an Action that I've already set up to correct the distortion. I've been doing this for 3 days, but it has worked so far.
Sorry back to my review.
The Image Stabilization really does work. Everyone has some form of hand shake, but if you practice shooting at night (late evening) and u use lets say your back of the house light fixture like I do, you can figure out "how low can you go" before your images become unusable. Practice is key. This is my first lens with "IS" and being 18mm on a 20D, I'm having fun producing images i did not think was possible.
I can only image what "L" glass and "IS" can do for my images.
Good job Canon, you scored with this lens.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahpzuazua/4383145622/


 
Sigma 28-70mm F2.8 EX Aspherical

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Review Date: Jul 9, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Price, performance, build quality, colour rendition, accurate focus, Weight and constant 2.8 throughout zoom range.
Cons:
its not as fast as USM or Sigmas own HSM version.

I bought it on ebay BNIB from a Canadian dealer on aBest offer for $200 & free shipping... UNBELIEVABLE!
freakishly I also won the famous (in famous!)
Canon EF 28-105mm F/3.5-4.5 II USM

Love them both.

I owned the Sigma 24-60mm F/2.8 and Enjoyed that lens. So when I had the opportunity to own another EX series lens, I jumped at it.
Good lens, pictures are Sharp. The Focus is faster than what I was used to in Tamron Lenses, but now I saw what Canon USM can do and Im on the fence.

Colour is always excellent, and focus is always spot on. I could have hoped (well we all can Hope for "L" Lenses now cant we) for a better lens (note: for the money I had)
Hope you enjoy also.
Zuazua
You can check out images shot with the lens at my website:
www.afterhoursproduction.com