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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Oct 8, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: L series build, USM (quiet), relatively fast aperture, comes with hood, colours are saturated.
Overlooked L series, No IS (but reflected in price), no tripod collar included.

One of my favourite lenses, Pretty flexible in its aplication too; If you don't need 2.8 then get this lens as it is lightweight, built very well and comes with hood.

Images come out well saturated (no use of a polariser needed just work in ACR). Very little sharpening needed as sharp throughout the range.

If it is a toss up between this and the 70-300mm IS, I like to think of it like 'Steak'

Fillet (70-200 L): Better quality (image), smaller in size (range), thicker (heavier), more expensive.

Sirloin (70-300 IS): Larger in size (range), less quality (image), less expensive.

Ask yourself which Steak you prefer and you may see that the two correlate Wink Then again it is all about how you cook the steak/take your photographs!!

Images: well some of my favourite images have been taken with this lens on a variety subjects:



Motorsport: (although a little on the short side (taken at Silverstone)) (cropped to near 100%) (cropped to near 100%)


Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Oct 8, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp at 2.8, well built, razor thin depth of field, can be used as as short telephoto in lowish light.
No tripod collar included, no IS, AF hunts in low light, best used on tripod for macro.

Here is a great lens, it is sharp at 2.8 and gets sharper stopped down which is normally done when using the lens for macro work. Talking of which, it is best used on a tripod (shame no tripod collar included). See a photo of mine taken at 1:1 :

As a short telephoto it is great at 2.8 when the depth of field is not so critical.

I would have given it a 10 if it had Image Stabilisation (like Nikon 105mm VR)

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Dec 29, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Low light capabilities, 1.8, Lightweight, 'Pop' in the images! Price- great value for money!
Plastic body, doesnt come with a hood included in the price, noisy motor.

This is my first prime lens- wow its fantastic!

I'm not going to add much to the discussion, but I will say that if you are new to photography (like me) BUY THIS LENS you will be impressed by the step up from Point and Shoot to capabilities that this cheap lens brings!

I found that the quality of the images are very impressive; works extremely well in low light indoors (without flash) which would not be possible with a P and S.

Look at the other photographers reviews for technical comments for this lens.