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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Dec 4, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent Sharpness, Contrast and Aperture Shape for bokeh effects. Well worth the price, it is well built, has fast AF, and not too bulky.
Cons:
None. It's amazing.

After using this in the past with a 20D, the lens was too long for the portrait shots I required. They did produce however the sharpest photos I'd ever taken. I know also own a Canon 5D and I knew i had to get this lens. It is now my perfect portrait kit, shots come out amazing! Amazing, colour, contrast and sharpness. This definately has to be one of the best prime lenses canon makes that isn't an L series. If you are thinking about getting it, do it now, you will stare at the photos you take with it with awe!

 
Canon EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II USM

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Review Date: Dec 4, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Price, Construction & Optical Quality. Sharpness well above average, but is most suited to flash photography or bright day shooting with a lens hood.
Cons:
Slight Vignetting on a Canon EOS 5D. However this is very easily fixed in Post.

Similar to some of the other people that own this lens, I originally purchased this as a cheaper alternative to forking out for an L series zoom. Finding a good walkbout zoom for say a Canon 20D is very tough unless you buy an L-series. That said, this is about as best i've seen in this price range and it is much sharper at both ends of the zoom than the 28-135 IS USM lens that this replaced. I had two of those lenses and they were both soft, not only at the edges but zoomed out or zoomed in, the shots were unusuable. The IS on the 28-135 was never used, as the sharpness wasn't there in the first place.

If you are considering this lens for the same reasons as I did, you will not be disappointed. Unfortunately in Australia, this lens is not available. I bought this through Digital-REV on ebay and the lens arrived from hong-kong in 4 working days.