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Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM

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Review Date: Mar 5, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: It's sharp. It has IS.
Cons:
was front-focusing at the wide end and needed a calibration. This problem may have been corrected in later production but according to internet forums was common for lenses produced in 2007 like mine.

Great for family and portrait photography. If you have a crop camera this is the one to to get. I put my primes away and haven't touched them since getting this two years ago.

 
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Feb 7, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros:
Cons:

I traded a 10-22mm for my copy of this lens because I'm switching to a full-frame camera. I love the 17-40mm. It's really sharp, much better than the 24-105mm at identical focal lengths and f-stops. Great contrast and usual L color. I guess I got a good copy!

 
Canon EF 35mm f/2

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Review Date: Dec 4, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $230.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great value for money, sharp, fast, great colors. Lots of fun for a crop camera and a good wide prime on a 35mm frame.
Cons:
auto-focus is noisy, occasionally misses and is not quite USM quality. But it's really good overall.

This is a totally recommended lens. I've gotten some of my best candids of my kids and family using this lens. Definitely a lens for specific purposes (e.g. kids indoors). If you're looking for wide to medium prime this is a great one. Don't know about the 28mm f/1.8 but it's almost twice as much. Put the difference to a great zoom or the 85mm f/1.8. Happy shooting!!

 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Dec 1, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: build quality, fast auto-focus, great range
Cons:
image quality is not consistent

I bought this lens to use on my XT and I'm finding that the autofocus with XT combination is not perfect. Sometimes I am getting slightly soft photos at f/4, sometimes sharp! By f/5.6 the lens is sharp through and through.

Overall, I like the lens and I think that when I match it with a full-frame upgrade results might improve. The image-stabilizer works well and I like it.

I recommend this lens.


 
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

EF10-22
Review Date: Dec 1, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $620.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: nice and sharp at f/8, fast auto-focus, fun to use!, super wide
Cons:
a bit soft wide open, but not a big deal.

I'm happy with this purchase. I reach for this lens for all kinds of situations where I want a 16-35mm equivalent zoom. It's great outdoors doing nature photos.