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Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

3_5-5
Review Date: Apr 2, 2012 Recommend? no | Price paid: $720.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Very sharp, good size.
Cons:
Renders image in odd way. Nothing to directly complaint about but there is just something about how the color, contrast, and exposure that is off.

Something is wrong with the color and contrast on this lens. I don't know how to describe it. But loved the way my 17-55 rendered images and I dislike the way this lens does. I sold it and bought another 17-55. That's how big an issue it was for me.

 
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS

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Review Date: May 23, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $250.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Cheap price, light weight, IS, good IQ.
Cons:

I both this lens and the 70-200 f4. The bottom line is, if IQ is your highest concern then get a L-Class len. The 70-200 is easily 20% sharper. Color and contrast is close. This is a good walk around lens but for critical work the L-class is a must.

 
Canon Rebel T2i DSLR

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Review Date: Mar 14, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $899.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros:
Cons:

First, I have an extensive background in both photography and video. I was looking for a smaller camera to carry around that could also shoot video. When I heard about this one I thought it would be perfect and it is good, very good BUT its does have its issues... I will try to keep this short and to the point.

Pros:

1. Superb image quality in both photos and video.
You don't need to worry about this.

2. Amazingly, the 18-55 kit lens turned out to be remarkably good. How good?
Well, within the center area of the frame its as good as any L-lens out there.
The average person would be hard pressed to tell the difference. Now, that's damn good for what it is!
Where it begins to break down is in corners detail but this is to be expected.
The focusing is also too noisy to use for video, IF you are recording sound.

UPDATE: if you are looking to upgrade the lens, I can recommended the Canon 15-85 IS highly!

3. The built in mic is also very good. Even on regular video cameras this is almost a universal weakness.

4. Light weight compared to the higher end Canon bodies.

Cons:

1. This is my biggest problem. I personally find the small body a lot more difficult to handle than the larger
Canon cameras we have. Maybe I am just use to the larger bodies but they are a lot more natural and easier
to work with. If you shoot pro or semi pro get the 7D just for this reason. The battery grip will help.
I have small hands so I hate to think how it would feel with someone that has large hands. I would highly recommend
you go somewhere and play with the T1i just to see how it feels in your hands.

UPDATE: The BG-E8 battery grip makes a big difference in this regard!

2. My 2nd big disappointment is the video. The video quality is superb this is not the issue. Where the problem lies
is in actually using the camera as a video camera. It has two big problems in this regard: the manual zoom and lack
of auto focus. It is practically impossible to hold the camera steady and do a smooth zoom in or out. Panning and zooming
at the same time is almost impossible. A regular video camera have electronic zoom controls that allows you to zoom
in and out very smoothly. The other problem is lack of auto focus. Sure you can refocus manually but again very difficult
to hold the camera steady and focus. Using the camera auto focus in video mode is possible but its really slow and
the mic will pick up the noise from the lens as it hunts for the focus. For me, this means, the camera is more useful
for recording short video clips not a full video shoot e.g. shooting a whole wedding. I don't feel it can replace a regular
video camera as yet.

UPDATE: the video can work for the most part, IF you shoot with the intent of editing the final video. A SLR will require
a bit more post production work than a regular video camera but the video quality will be superior.

3. If you are use to the Pentaprism viewfinder in the higher end Canon bodies you will find the one in this one darker and
not as clear. Its a little thing that the average person won't notice but again, if you are going to take a lot of photos
it makes a difference.

One final note, for some reason, only the VLC player was able to play back the video files smoothly.

If you can live with the Cons. Its a great camera that offers image quality comparable to any high end Canon model.


 
Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM

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Review Date: Jun 17, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $950.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, sharp, sharp! Good weight not too heavy. Quick, accurate focus even in low light. IS/2.8
Cons:
A bit pricey but what would you expect for L class image quality.

I will keep this short. This lens is without question L class image quality. Actually its about 10% sharper than ALL of our L lens. The Ls has a slight edge in color in my opinion but not much. The beauty of this lens is its ability to work in a small area on a 1.6 camera e.g. 20D. Add IS and 2.8 for shallow DOF and you have a very interesting little lens. Some people complain about the build quality and yes, its not as solid as an L but that also makes it much lighter.

But you don't have to take my word...look for yourself. An image from our L class comparison....

http://allang.smugmug.com/gallery/1178544#163913373-O-LB