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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Jun 25, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Versatility, AF speed, IS, lowlight capabilities, works sometimes as press pass.
Cons:
Price, image quality wide open.

When I traded my Minolta gear to Canon I was a little disappointed of this lense wide open. My minolta 80-200mm 2.8 G was far more superior in terms of sharpness and contrast wide open. I've read in reviews that non IS is sharper, but you can not beat the IS and all aroud versatility this lens gives. As other reviewers said, sometimes is just essential to get the shot even if it's not prime quality in terms of sharpness. Weight is no suprise if you are familiar with laws of physics. You just can't make light lense with a lot of good glass. Just get a good camera strap with paddings and weight seems to go away...

 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Review Date: Jul 17, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Price, Sharpness ok @ at 1.8. Low light performance.
Cons:
None for the price

I just moved from Minolta to Canon and this was the first lens for my 20D. I was very suprised about the performance, because i thought it would be worse after reading these reviews.

AF speed was quite amazing and lens was relatively silent (compared to Minolta 50mm 1.4) Sharpness is ok @ f1.8 (i have seen worse. for example it's better than in my Minolta 50mm 1.4 @ 1.4) Sharpness is good @ f2.8 and very good @ f8. Shooting without lenshood in sunny conditions can be a problem. Bokeh isn't too good (but lens was cheap and has only 5 aperture blades).

But overall it's the best lens you can get at ~100/$.