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Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Dec 23, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $720.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharp, L quality, Good zoom range for 1.6x body.
F4 needs high ISO in low light.

I think its best all around lens for 1.6x bodies like my 350D, with zoom range 27-64mm.

Its L lens with great image quality, with fast USM and acceptable price.

Indeed, the lack of fast aperture and IS reduce the capabilities of this lens.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Sep 3, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $613.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: It's L class lens = good build quality, good optics, sharp images, quick AF, and it is light to hold all time.
this zoom range (70-200) is not wide nor not tele, insufficient in low light situation..

I bought this lens last week (2300 SR) 613$.

It's very good zoom lens for bright light events, when you can use +1/250sec.

It's produce sharp images, sometimes better than my 50mm 1.8 prime, quick AF (it has ring USM) with full-time manual focusing.

It's good for lightweight and price.

I think there are 2 downsides in this lens:
-the zoom range is in middle ! not wide in 70mm and not tele in 200mm!
-because the lack of IS and fast aperture; this lens is insufficient in low light situation and it will force you to noisy ISOs!!

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Aug 4, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $107.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: CHEAP!, High resolution as prime lens, very light weight, fast aperture.
Slow focus, focus ring not in the right position to use easy, not high quality body but this expected for this price, its colors need correction.

I bought this lens a few months ago, the big advantage is see how cheap prime lens produces high resolution compared to normal zooms.

The big downside is slow focus, make this lens useless in speedy events. but you can solve this somehow by selecting the center focus point only, so you can point to your subject and focus fast more.

The best application of this lens is portraits, products photography.
This lens gives 80mm on my 350D, so it's good for portraits.

I recommend it for Canonians, of course!

Canon EOS Rebel XT (350D)

Review Date: Jul 26, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $640.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Light weight, good image resolution 8MP, long life battery, rear info panel.
nothing really!

I bought mine back to 2005, and now I depend on it, only I searching for lenses.

Its very good for price now!
and I recommend it highly.

Tamron 28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC AF

Review Date: Jul 10, 2008 Recommend? no | Price paid: $570.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: Good zoom range, VC
Soft at 300mm, Slow aperture, Price

This lens is good for person need 28-300 zoom rang, (actually not useful at 300).

The positive side is VC (or Vibration Compensation).
The negative side is soft, blurry images at 300mm.

Also the overall image quality is not good as you expect from lens with this price tag.