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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

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Review Date: Jul 19, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: It's an "L" without the price tag.
Cons:
Hard to find an available used one.


I had a Sigma 50mm EX DG for several years. It was an excellent macro 50 and at the time to did the double duty as a normal lens as well.

When I went to the Sigma 18-50 EX DG f2.8 it was used only for Macro. Got the itch for something a bit longer.

I Considered the 150mm Sigma if I had to buy new as the prices were similar if you added the hood and a filter.

Picked one up on the buy-sell. Ordered the outrageously expensive Canon tripod ring as a knock off from China. $ 40 US delivered. Perfect!

It's a great lens but you have to do your shopping or you will overpay.

this is a versatile lens where as the 150mm's and 180mm's are pretty much decicated to Macro shots.


 
Canon EF 35mm f/2

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Review Date: Jun 12, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $229.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: light at 8 oz. Very sharp, well built, fast focus, great price, perfect normal lens on a 20D
Cons:
Many have mentioned the "hornet focus motor". Unless they have changed something mine is very quiet. Just received today.

My base line reference for this lens is not an "L" lens, so I rate the build and overall rating at 10. It's quieter and faster than my Sigma 50mm 1:1 macro and just as sharp. This is not in the same class as the 50mm 1.8 kit lens as some have stated. It's a lot better.

Very sharp, very fast focus, low light f2, low price. A winning combination for sure.



 
Tokina 17mm f/3.5 AT-X 17 AF PRO

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Review Date: Sep 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very high quality feel and look, No barrel distortion. Nice weight Very Sharp.
Cons:
apparently just discontinued and replaced by the 12-24.


I was drawn to the sigma 15-30 as well as the Tokina 12-24 but both were in the $ 500 range and out of reach for me.

At $ 389 new from B&H and in the $ 270 used but mint, this is a great bargain and a great lens. From my initial test the pictures are very sharp, as you would expect from a prime and has no barrel distortion that I can detect. the Pro series "focus clutch" works well, but it's not ring USM. I like it and it works. 17mm is just right on my 20D and this lens can be used on a full frame camera as well

Highly recommended, and still available, better get one soon.



 
Tokina 24-200mm AT-X 242 AF

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Review Date: Mar 28, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Price to performance is the best out there. Walk around range (28-135) is close to "L" from my comparisons.. Sharp, Contrast, Quality build, Price. Easy to hold. Impressive looking on camera.
Cons:
No negatives for my use. Some may find it heavier that other "super zooms" but it's the same weight as a Canon 70-200 4L.


I took a long time to decide on this lens. I had a 24-85 USM and wanted more reach. I took shots with all the 70-200 contenders for an add on lens as well as the Tamron and Canon Super zooms. My most important criterial was sharpness and cost.

It came down to the Canon 70-200 4L as an add, the Canon 28-135 IS as a replacement and the Tokina 24-200 as a replacement.

The cost for the excellent Canon lens was 2X and 3X that of the Tokina.

The Tokina sharpness is closer to the 70-200 4l than the 28-135. The difference is most noticeable at 200, but hard to differentiate in the 70-140 range.

If you don't need IS, and want the best overall range and sharpness for a general purpose lens at an amazing price, you won't be dissappointed.

It's a winner!