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Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro

Review Date: Feb 3, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $185.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very sharp, great contrast, incredible color. Perfect size to keep in a jacket pocket. Great bargain in a canon prime.
Needs full-time manual focus.

I was trying to make up my mind between this lens and a 50mm 1.4 when a "like new" 50 macro came along on Ebay at a pretty good buy-it-now price. On impulse I bought it. Very glad I did. I've only owned it for a short while but it is already one of my favorites. Extremely sharp, contrasty and the DOF is very smooth, just what you need to shoot a flower blossum and have the petals and background fall into perfect out-of-focus highlights. The lack of USM doesn,t bother me much with my 1D, but full time manual focus would be nice.

Canon EF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Jan 31, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: I bought this lens used at my local camera shot, needing something on the wide end of things for my new 1D kit after having shot Canon FD for 30+ years. I wasn't expecting a lot for a wide zoom in this price range. Boy, have I been surprised. This lens is well built, relatively bright, good contrast, and at least on my 1.3 crop factor 1D body it doesn't exhibit near as much barrel distortion as some others have reported. It's not a 16-35mm L lens but will sure fill the gap until I get some money to spend at that end of the range.