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Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L

Review Date: Aug 2, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great build, sharp, Good contrast and silky smooth focus...!
Well maybe the fact that it meters funny buti was expecting that anyway...!

I just got this lens and a 5D for architectural photography. Its a super combination. So far I have noticed that its way sharper than my other WA lens... more so than the 17-40L and Sigma 12-24...! The Shift function is a lifesaver for me... not just for the ability to eradicate perspective distortion but for the ability to do easy panoramics as well..! Its built like a tank too and feels great on the front of the 5D and Grip... Not sure how much i will be using the Tilt function but playing around with it has givin me some interesting results. The metering can be a bit funny when shifting but as mentioned in a previous post as I am shooting digital it doesnt bother me as I can either compensate or just blindly bracket..! I have a feeling that this lens might end up being welded to the front of the 5D... might not be wide enough on the 20D...!


Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: May 9, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,150.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very Sharp. Great contrast. Relatively Light. Usual 'L' Build Quality. Fast focus Speed. 'IS' is great regarless of version.
Had a problem with filters causing image quality issues but thats nothing to do with the lens...!

Have this lens a month now and am kicking myself that i hadnt bought it sooner.....! I waited a month to post the review so that i would learn how to get the results out of it properly and by god am i amazed...! Very very sharp... even wide open. I would say its comparable if not better than the 200mm f2.8L that i also have. The colours and contrast are very good too. However I would advise not to use UV filters on this lens. I had image quality issues using a Hoya UV filter where weird diagonals would appear in the out of focus areas. I havent tried any other UV filters but had read about others that did and the problem remained. To be honest I am of the opinion that one should only use filters when absolutely needed so it suits me not to use one at all....!

Overall I am well impressed with this lens and cant reccommend it enough...!


Canon Speedlite 550EX TTL

Review Date: Feb 12, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Many functions and lots of power... good build too...!
Control can be finicky

Bought this second hand from a local pro who upgraded to the 580. I had been using a Sigma EF500 DG ST which was good but extremely basic and had a very creaky build. This is much better... exposures are a a liitle better even in full auto mode and once you start messing with the manual settings it easy to nail a shot. Much better build than the Sigma except for that akward silly battery door hinge...! Great control and loads of functions... still learning...!


Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

Review Date: Jan 17, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, great colour and contrast and well built. Also not to heavy and is well balanced with 20D and Grip.

Bought this lens (MK1 version) from a friend and have been very impressed so far. Its my first Canon Prime L lens and I am amazed at the sharpness, contrast and quality. It focuses very quickly also. The out of focus quality (bokeh) is extremely milky and smooth. I would say that this is a sharper lens than my 50mm f1.8. Good portrait / close wildlife lens. Highly reccommended....!