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Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye

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Review Date: Dec 5, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Image quality. Sharp, great contrast and colour. Small and light.
Cons:
Lens cap can easily slide off when pulling lens from camera bag.

I hummed and hared over what to get to cover my wide angle needs. I researched the 16-35, the 17-40, 14mm and currently own the 20mm. Ended up with the fishy.
Great lens. I own the 135 f2L and the 180 among others. And this is right up there with ‘em. It’s sharp and has punchy colour and contrast. Although not in the same league when it comes to bokeh…

Totally usable wide open with minimal distortion on the 1.6 crop cameras. Very surprised at how well this lens performed wide open. Very close focusing distance allows for some good perspective effects.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro

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Review Date: Feb 16, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $240.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharp wide open, Beautiful bokeh, peppy AF & cost
Cons:
Loudish AF, working distance.

I use this lens for texture work. The distance to subject is too small for only the tamest of insects! However I have succesfully snuck up on quite a few bees.

Pros

Great versatile lens. Can be used for not only close ups but being a 50mm it covers the wider end too. In other words it performs great doing double duty.
Focus is very accurate and peppy. Snaps into focus as fast as my 50 1.4. Just as long as it isn't going from .5 mag
Sharpness is superb wide open at 2.5.

Cons

Loud-ish AF motor. Focus ring is a little sloppy but works fine though. Subject to focus distance is rather small at about four inches so the lens blocks the light if yer not careful.

I do love this little lens though. For the money and size the optics are really awesome. Especially for close ups.

No doubt one of my favs.