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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

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Review Date: Feb 15, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Incredible colour rendition. Contrast and sharpness is on par with the new 70-200 f/2.8IS mk2. Bokeh on this lens is exceptionally creamy for multi purpose macro and portrait lens. UV filters are extremely cheap to buy due to small size.
Cons:
For a red ring lens it has a plastic like feel. Depending on the focus range settings on the lens you may possibly see some hunting in AF.

Easy decision to choose between L vs Non L 100mm macro. For my particular application hand holding the lens was a must. The price difference between the two lenses was well justified since I can use 1/15 shutter speed with the 100L due to hybrid IS.

For the reasonable price of this lens you can get stunning results.

The weight of this lens is very light so its a nice addition to my Thinktank lens bag on my spider holster.

I can walk around with a 5dmk2, 16-35Lmk2 and 100L and cover decent ground from UWA, normal perspective, portrait and macro.

Very happy with this purchase.



 
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Dec 14, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: Very sharp wideopen @ f/4, excellent colour and contrast, fast USM, L quality at a reasonable price.
Cons:
none

The purpose of this lens in my gear lineup is for UWA for my 5D and walkaround for my XTI. F/4 is not an issue since I tend to use flash majority of the time and for UWA it would be used for well lit outdoor photography (ie, car shows, landscape). I could not justify spending double $$ for a 16-35mkII since my application I would not use f/2.8-3.5 for UWA. If I'm in a bind I'll bump up the ISO.

If you have a crop sensor APS-C body the Tamron 17-50, Sigma 18-50EX and Canon's 17-55IS may provide you more "pop" to your images due to f/2.8.

The 17-40L on the 5D has significant barrel distortion from 17-2xmm so this lens has a specific application for the FF body. It is a fun lens when taking indoor photos of my little one. When used with my crop camera (XTI) the lens is a pleasure to use. On both of my camera bodies I am very impressed with the wideopen capabilities of the 17-40L.

If your on the fence between the 16-35mkII and the 17-40L it will depend on your style. For my application the 17-40L is perfect for my needs and the price is nice on the wallet. My 24-70L is my typical walk around for my 5D so the 17-40L will be the least used. If you require f/2.8 look no further and buy the 16-35L.










 
Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC

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Review Date: Aug 24, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Wide open the images are very useable, Fast AF, stopping down to f3.5 has very impressive IQ, great bokeh, excellent performer for the price range.
Cons:
Marginal zoom creep. Hunting may occur in very low light situations. Good build but no comparison to Canon's "L" series.

I would consider this lens to be a pleasant suprise. You may find negative reviews on this lens but make a note it may be of the older versions of this focal range.

My copy has provided me excellent IQ. Keep in mind $$ to IQ ratio. Looking at photos taken with my 24-70L I feel the Sigma 18-50EX holds its own in terms of sharpness and colour rendition. The sigma may have a hint of more warmth to the image.

If you want an "L" lens in this focal range there really isn't any. The non "L" EF-S 17-55 IS is double the price but faster AF and dead on accurate in low light. The Sigma 18-50EX is marketed for a lower budget, however IMO its no slouch.

This lens is dedicated for the crop camera bodies so take that into condsideration in your purchase. If your moving onto full frame this lens isn't for you.

I chose the Sigma vs the more expensive EF 17-40 f4 L because I wanted faster glass. IMO the 18-50EX equals to this particular "L"lens but has the edge for nicer bokeh.

I highly recommend this lens to any hobbyist that demands high IQ at an affordable price. For photogs getting paid for their work the EFS 17-55 IS will provide more keepers in low light.

Like anything post processing is a photographers best friend. Minimal tweeks maybe required but this also applies to higher end lenses aswell.

This lens will remain in my gearbag. It compliments my other lenses well (24-70L, 70-200 2.8IS, 85 1.8 etc) without compromising IQ.