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Tamron 70-300MM F/4-5.6 LD Macro AF

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Review Date: Sep 4, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $85.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Price, lightweight, decent image quality, great beginner zoom lens. Big lens hood included.
Cons:
Slow AF - especially in dimmer lighting conditions, chromatic aberrations can be hard to avoid sometimes.

I've had one of these lenses on my 20D for around a year or so up until recently purchasing a Canon 200mm 'L' lens.

I'd say this Tamron is a great first zoom lens for the money. It gives lots of zoom for a low price and deliver good pictures. It's light and easy to carry around, and you won't pull your hair out if you break or lose it. Not something to use if the lighting isn't very bright and you need to watch out for CA, especially on chrome bumpers/grilles etc.

Nice how it came with a big hood to help flaring, overall it seems to work well with 20D. I recommended it because it has earned me money from weekend photo gigs and is fun and easy to use.


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Sep 4, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,451.50 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, fast, great quality, DOF is smooth. The off-white color and red ring mean business.
Cons:
None found other than the fear of dropping or losing it.

Bought it yesterday from Caseys Cameras in Las Vegas NV.
It's going to work perfect for my needs when shooting cars drifting, drag racing, and for any kind of car shows or photoshoots in the future. (Weekend photo work).

Wish I'd gotten it sooner, if you need something in this focal length buy one of these, you will love it.


 
Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX Diagonal Fisheye

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Review Date: Jun 17, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Good build quality feel, nice and wide perspective without pictures being too goofy-wide looking. Excellent price, colors are bright and pictures are very sharp.
Cons:
None found.

Bought it today and haven't found any negative issues with it, my first Sigma lens so I'll need to wait see how it is in the future. Wanted something wider than a Canon 17-40 or 18-55 for car pictures in tight parking lots. Great bang for the buck, it seems like a great value for my application, (Canon 20D).

Like I mentioned earlier, isn't TOO super-wide angle, (thanks to the 1.6 crop factor in the 20D's), some fisheye pictures can look really goofy sometimes in my eyes.

I highly recommend it if you want to go a little wider and have a fast lens, it's a prime so you will need to zoom with your feet, if you need something along these lines, I think you will be happy with it.

Cheers.


 
Canon EOS 20D

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Review Date: Oct 28, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,615.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast auto focus, fast shutter speed, wheel on back of the camera, EF and EF-S lens compatibility, feels good in my hands. Fast startup owns the DR.
Cons:
None found yet, I need to try a fast lens to really push this thing. Canons fast lenses too pricy for me though. Probably try a Sigma soon.

Upgrade from the digital rebel for me (sold my DR for this), feels good, looks nice and I am happy with the results so far, (I bought it two days ago). Ritz didn't have any lens kits available, so I had to go without a wide angle lens.

Feels just like what it was designed to be, (between the 10D and the digital rebel in Canons prosumer lineup). DR produced good images, but I needed something less limiting and faster.

My test of this camera will be the SEMA show here in Las Vegas on 11-02-04. I hope to capture some decent images and get them up in the events section of www.LVracingscene.com (buddys website).

Edit: Very happy with my results -

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