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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Review Date: Nov 13, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,049.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: IS, build, weather sealing, macro capability
no tripod collar, heavier than I expected

I've been waiting for something like this. I shoot a lot of textures for 3D modeling and this is just the ticket. Can't say I've tried it enough to test the sharpness, but looks excellent so far. The DP review caused me to pull the trigger on the purchase.

The IS is fantastic. I normally can't get anything anywhere near acceptable at 1/125 of a second and with this I can do it at 1/30. I'm not shooting 1:1 with textures, but am close enough that any shake would be clearly visible.

The lens is heavier than I thought and feels very solid. I have quite a few "L" lenses and this one feels as well made as the rest. Will gladly exchange "plastic" for metal for the weight difference.

It will require a new adaptor to use the Macro Twin Light.

Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye

Review Date: Sep 14, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $590.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Size, sharpness, build, price
if you don't like fish... and I like it a lot better on full frame.

This lens is the shizz. I've got a sick collection of Canon glass, but this one was the biggest surprise. I had the Nikon 14mm 2.8ED which was much heavier, bigger, noisier af, gawdawful lens hood, and cost almost 3 times as much. (Did have a case though) Subjectively the Canon is much better at the edges. And that's with 1Ds full frame vs. D1X 1.5 frame.

Admittedly fish stuff can get overdone, but I bought the Sigma 8mm circular fish and really started to enjoy the effect. Problem is the lens uses about a third of the frame on the 1Ds and there's some awful ca on the edges. I actually bought it for stiching HDRI stuff and it works out well for that. But this thing is wonderful edge to edge. Guess I'll try out ptlens and try to "defish" some of the stuff, but for now I"m having fun.

I took this out on my 10D and it isn't so much fun. Definitely better on full frame. Really shines there.