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Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

Review Date: Mar 24, 2007 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 2 

Pros: A nice long zoom for a FILM CAMERA. Quite light.
Just plain awful on a cropped sensor digital camera; images completely unusable at 200mm and above.

I originally purchased this lens for my Elan 7 film camera and loved it. Decently sharp, nice zoom range, and light. Then I upgraded to a 10D (at the time). This fun lens suddenly became my bane. Not a single shot was useable at 200mm or longer. Every shot was blurry and ghosty. Of course I found this out at a wedding I was photographing. I was not a happy camper. I immediately sold it for next to nothing and bought a 70-200 2.8L IS. I realize that the 2.8L is 10 times the cost, but it has paid for itself many times over.

Canon EF 35mm f/2

Review Date: Mar 24, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast. Ridiculously sharp wide open. Very compact. Perfect "normal" lens for a 20D/30D.
5 blade aperture makes for awful bokeh when stopped down. No full time manual AF.

I love this lens! Sure it takes a back seat compared to the 35 L, but it's a shocking 1/5 the cost of the L. It's also just plain fun to use. It's small and light and is a perfect "normal" lens for the 30D. Bokeh is pretty bad when stopped down, but keeping it wide open makes creamy out of focus backgrounds. This lens is on my camera 95% of the time. I highly recommend it!

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Mar 21, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Outstanding sharpness. Built like a tank. The magic of IS.
Expensive for an f/4

This lens rocks! I upgraded from my beloved 28-135 IS and I couldn't be happier. This lens is a leap above the 28-135 in every aspect. For the 30D, there is no better walkaround zoom lens.

I really wish that Canon would make a much larger hood for use on an APC camera; the little hood doesn't do much to block stray light, though does a fine job of protecting the glass.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Oct 13, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $79.95 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Extremely Sharp. Fast AF. Super Lightweight. Unbeatable Value.
Made by Fisher Price. Dinky Manual Focusing Ring.

Laughable build quality aside, this lens is simply fantastic. Truely incredible results from all apertures and amazingly sharp wide open. It's ultra light and portable and balances great on a smaller SLR like a D Rebel XT. And for less then $80 bucks, everyone should have one!