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Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Sep 21, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $690.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Nice size, good contrast, pretty sharp and focus fast
Hood extra $ and very wide

This lens is even wider than imagined. I bought it on review and positive feedback and do not regret it at all. This is one of my favorite lens and I like the different aspect if gives me (especially at 10mm). Yes the corner in the 10-11mm range do get a little soft, but even on 8 x 12" print it is not to bad. For the price this lens is, I think they could have included the hood. As for the hood I personally do recommended getting it to help reduce flare. If you are thinking of getting the hood for protection of the front glass element, I would not solely on that idea since the hood is so wide, but little depth, I think it would do little to protect the glass.
I use this with a rebel XTI and am not concerned about the EFs lens being obsolete anytime soon. Also, by then I would just keep my XTI as a second body w/this lens on it (as the XTI would not be worth much by the time EFS [if ever] goes away).

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Oct 4, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $339.95 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Tack sharp, Fast focusing, very pleasing bokeh, Not to heavy-but a strong build.

I have researched this lens for about 4 month before purchasing it last month. I am really fussy, but L glass is not in the budget. It had incredible reviews, so I finally purchase this lens for taking picture of the kids. The first day I got it I headed out with my daughter to Botanical Garden in Northern IL...I could not be happier with the results. This lens not only met, but exceeded my expectations. For me $350 for a lens is still a lot, so L glass is out of the question. But I do not feel I am missing anything and feel very confident using it. I also have the 50mm 1.8 and was wondering about it being to close in focal length, but there is much more difference (1.6 crop factor) that I feel that they compliment each other nicely. Sharpness is my main criteria on a lens and this one did not disappoint at all. I find myself rarely even PostProcessing-Unsharp mark in Photoshop on any pics taken with the lens...incredible. It feels great while focusing and it seems instantaneous. When I first got it I purposely manually focused it as far out of focus as I could just to see how fast it could focus was so fast and hit it dead on (both indoors and outdoors). If you are looking for something in this focal length, this lens

Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Sep 6, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $419.00 | Rating: 3 

Pros: Good Range, IS nice (if you know how it is intented to work), USM works great, Good build
Not very sharp, heavy for long outings out

If you are thinking about this lens, make sure that you know what you want this lens to capture. My understanding (though it was wrong of IS) was that you could step down a bit father and still get sharp pictures. What IS works for is only for shooting stationary items (not even flowers outside as there could be a slight breeze). I obviously have not done enough research on IS before this purchase and have been disappointed (mostly by my lack of reasonable research beforehand). I was hoping to capture the kids indoors with faster focusing and speed. The faster focusing is definately there, but the IS is nover going to work on toddlers as they are always moving an arms or just being antsy. This lens needs a lot of light even though it is a 72mm at the front. I can only use it outside and for the most part I don't use IS enough to warrant spending the money on it. I know there is at least 1 or 2 newer versions of IS out there that allow for Panning and such, but this is still the old version (to bad Canon does now upgrade the hardware as new advances come out - meaning that you should get the newest version of IS when the lens is purchase...this lens you are purchaseig 1999 IS technology). For the extra money, I wish I would have gone with the 70-200mm L /4.0...still might Ebay this one.
Another think besides the IS, is the fact that the lens is only fairly sharp. Of all my lens, this is the least sharp...I honestly get sharper pictures from the included lens kit then I do on this lens.
Another thing is that I got really used to Prime lens and do not know if to many zooms are going to cut it anymore, so when reading this review take that into account.