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Canon Speedlite 580EX II

580exii
Review Date: Jul 14, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Build quality, metering accuracy, power, ease of use, shoe connect system, features
Cons:
I just can not say any

This is best flash I ever worked with.
I had Sigma EF500DG SUPER before using with my EOS350D camera. It was OK, but built quality was miles away from this Speedlite. With SIGMA I experienced many over or under exposures, something that never happened with this 580II.

Currently I have second EX580II. My first one was stolen.
It works absolutely perfect with my EOS40D.
What I really must give praise to is ease of control.
Rotating wheel -la EOSx0D or xD cameras is so easy to use.
Flash has enough power for almost any situation and it
recycles unbelievably fast.

Price is adequate to what it is. It may hurt you, but you will
not regret buying this one.


 
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

EF10-22
Review Date: Feb 10, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Best wide zoom lens for the Canon crop bodies, surprisingly little barrel distortion, well maintained cromatic abberation and vigneting, great colors and good sharpnes, amazing angle of view, lightweight, not extending when zooming
Cons:
nothing

When looking for a wide zoom for your crop EOS-body, do not look anywhere else (Sigma 10-20, Tokina 11-16 or 10-17...). Get this jewel.

This is a L-optics packed into an amateur chasis. Even though build quality is OK, at least for me.
Picture quality is excelent for an extreme wide zoom, focusing is fast, lens is compact size and realy lightweight. To me this one is a little miracle. For a lens this wide I would expect stronger distortion, CA, falloff and uneven sharpnes. But this is not the case. What a difference from EF-S 17-85!


 
Canon EF 35mm f/2

ef35mmf2_1_
Review Date: Aug 25, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: picture quality and sharpness, compact size and lightweight, filter size
Cons:
autofocus noise and speed

I had this lens for three years , using on my Canon 350D. I was very satisfied with picture quality and sharpness it has given. This lens is unbelievably compact. If it has USM, I would never let it go. I have replaced it for EF28/1.8 USM, which has much better focusing, but I think EF35/2 was even better in picture quality than EF28/1.8USM.

With AF I had problems. Noise and speed did not bother me so much, but AF ring broken one day inside and I had to pay about $100 for repair (focusing inner ring replacement). Here in Europe this lens new costs abut $500, so I have paid for its repair. But otherwise I can not tell othrt bad word about this lens. I loved it as pictures it produced were very good in color, contrast and sharpness. I must recommend this lens to anyone who needs high picture quality and do not need extremely fast and silent focusing. Also compact size is its big advantage.


 
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

ef28mmf_18usm_1_
Review Date: Aug 25, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $425.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Compact size, USM - fast very silent focus, Canon
Cons:
my is tad soft on f8 - f11

I have replaced my loved EF35/2 with this lens as upgrade. Of course, EF35/2 was old design with noisy and slow AF. This 28/1.8 USM focusing is superior, a different world compared to 35/2, but...

After week or two using this lovely lens I got similar feeling as someone before me written here - that this lens is strange - sometimes it would give me excellent sharp images and other times very soft. I had this feeling from some portrait pictures I have made at f9 1/200s with softbox. I have expected razor sharp output, but it was not. It was rather soft. At f9!
I have used then also plastic EF50/1.8 II and surprisingly output of EF50 seemed to me to be sharper.

Next day I have made a comparison of this EF28/1.8 with EF50/1.8 without using any artificial lighting at same condition/camera setting. What I have found out was surprise to me. I think that this 28/1.8 is much better in sharpness than 50/1.8II, except f8-f14 range. Look at results of my home-made comparison:

http://www.foxy.sk/canon/ef28_ef50.htm

It seems to me that EF28/1.8 has much more consistent sharpness over the aperture range than EF50/1.8II, but I see some problem with its sharpness at f8-f11 range.

Beside this, I like this lens just as I loved my EF35/2. It is apparently wider and seems to be good alternative for an expensive wide-zoom-L-lenses picture quality wise. I am not sure if picture quality of EF28/1.8 is better than EF35/2 I have used previous three years, more likely it is not, but USM focusing is apparent advantage of this lens over the EF35/2.