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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS

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Review Date: Apr 15, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Range, relatively close focus, image stabilization, great value
Cons:
Slow, plastic mount

This lens complements the standard kit lens very nicely, because of its long focal length. It also features image stabilization, which is particularly useful at long focal distances. Recently, I discovered that it can focus fairly closely to the subject, which is great for shooting small objects.

On the downside, it is slow, so indoor usage is limited.

Overall, it is a great lens that offers tremendous value.

Here is a sample photo that shows its macro capability:

http://danielchen.smugmug.com/Photography/Flora-Fauna/22089857_TF9QC9#!i=1762971939&k=zPPNCpg&lb=1&s=A



 
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

EF10-22
Review Date: Apr 13, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $726.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, silent, fast auto-focusing. Only ultra-wide lens in Canon's lineup for crop sensor cameras.
Cons:
Could be faster (for indoor purposes); no lens hood included; pricey.

This is an amazing lens for landscape photography. It is incredibly sharp, and it focuses fast and silently. Distortions are there, but pretty typical for ultra-wide lenses, just need to use them to your advantage.

I sometimes wish it could be faster (say, go to a f2.8), for indoor photography purposes.

Here are some sample night photography shots I took using the 10-22 (all taken at 10mm):

http://danielchen.smugmug.com/Portfolio/Iconic-Chicago/22366720_ZDdfzs#!i=1787495792&k=vmQn5Kp&lb=1&s=A

http://danielchen.smugmug.com/Portfolio/Iconic-Chicago/22366720_ZDdfzs#!i=1787493931&k=6hrC3g5&lb=1&s=A

http://danielchen.smugmug.com/Portfolio/Iconic-Chicago/22366720_ZDdfzs#!i=1787498876&k=C3jMTH9&lb=1&s=A