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Zeiss 28mm f/2 Distagon T*

28mm
Review Date: Apr 15, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,283.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: High resolution, excellent micro-contrast, compact size, typical “Zeiss” build and look
Cons:
Strong micro-contrast - can be negative for certain portraits

This lens reminds me of the legendary 21/2.8. It has very similar qualities, albeit not as sharp as the 21/2.8. The resolution, however, is sufficiently good for FF sensor. It produces typical Zeiss 3D look - has excellent micro-contrast and wonderful colors. Love it for urban photography. Vignetting is strong wide open, but I happen to like vignetting. So, no complaints from me there.
Overall, an excellent piece of glass..! No regrets buying..!


 
Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon T*

21mm
Review Date: Sep 26, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,843.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: SHARP, Dreamy Bokeh, Great Contrast and Colors, MF is so easy to get used to on this one.
Cons:
Nothing for me personally. Some people may not like that it lacks AF, or its price.

Just a few short weeks ago, I couldn't have imagined buying a non-Canon optics. Once I came to know about Zeiss, however, it was an easy decision.
I don't mind not having AF, since it's really not needed on an UWA lenses such as this.
Selling Canon 16-35L II for this was relatively an easy decision. And I don't regret it at all. Zeiss 21/2.8 is THE BEST UWA lens available for a Canon FF system. Period.
If you're on the fence, jump the fence. You'd be glad.


 
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: Oct 29, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $639.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent sharpness, Beautiful bokeh, Great colors, Fast AutoFocus, Very affordable for an L lens.
Cons:
I haven't found any.

The portraits I get with this lens are amazing. I admit, it's a bit long for indoor use. However, I have been able to take head and shoulder shots of my two boys staying indoors. And the results have been simply stunning.

Highly recommend it.


 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

70-300_isusm
Review Date: Oct 29, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $549.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very sharp, Good colors, IS, Surprizingly low vignetting, Very usable zoom range.
Cons:
Feels a little "plasticky", Could be a better build quality, Using filters can be tricky.

I was amazed at the results produced with this lens. This is supposed to be Canon's consumer lens; however, it produces excellent results. It displays very good sharpness, corner-to-corner. The build quality cannot be compared with that of an L lens, but then again, you're not paying an L price, either.

Highly recommend it, if this is your price range.


 
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

EF17-85
Review Date: Oct 29, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Very sharp, Good colors, IS, Affordable, Very good everyday lens.
Cons:
Noticeable vignetting, Somewhat soft corners (not bad, though).

I purchased my first DSLR Canon 30D with this lens. I have been very happy with it. It is quite sharp and shows very good colors. There is noticeable vignetting; however, I have been able to cure that with cropping.
The best feature of this lens is it has image stabilization. This lens stays on my camera the most. If you don't have the budget for an L, this will be a very good choice for an every day lens.

I definitely recommend it.