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Sigma 50mm f2.8 EX Macro 1:1 Lens

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Review Date: Nov 26, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $150.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very sharp at apertures, great colors, great macro capabilities, cheap. APS sensor means beyond 1:1 macro.
Cons:
AF slow in low light, searches. not as fast as i would like a prime to be. To achieve 1:1 you have to be REALLY close to your subject.

This lens is clinically sharp at f/4 and beyond and pretty good wide open too. I have gotten some really stunning pictures with this lens. It's images have a different feel than a Canon lens, but it is not a bad thing. They seem more scientific, for lack of a better word. All in all i really like the lens. If you don't have the special macro flash, i have found using an off shoe cord with an ettl and a diffuser to work pretty good. Worst part about the macro is that you have to be extremely close, like 2 inches away, to get full macro effect, but it is a great lens for doing ebay work and shooting insects in the garden and the occasional friendly butterfly, and a decent portrait lens on a crop sensor camera. I really wish it was a stop faster, i would use it a lot more then as a standard lens on a full frame. But over all, for what i paid for it, a heck of a good lens.

 
Canon EF 35mm f/2

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Review Date: Jan 22, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $209.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Small, fast, cheap, great images, fast AF, inconspicuous, favorite focal length for Canon 20D, great for indoors, great close-up capability.
Cons:
If you drop it onto a concrete floor it can jam up the autofocus :), and the hood is way overpriced and does not come with the lens.

90% of the time, this is the lens that sits on my camera. I am really into getting spontaneous pictures, and carrying my camera EVERYWHERE. With this lens, it is so small that on my 28mm it looks very non-intrusive, so i get more natural shots, as people are not intimidated by its appearance. Combine its f/2 aperture with a 20D's 1600 ISO and you can get some amazing shots in very low light. I have never had any problems with the image quality, but to me getting the picture ASAP is what matters to me the most. I am not a pixel peeper. There are people that complain about the noise of the AF, but with USM, it would have to be bigger, and in reality it is quieter than my camera's shutter. All told, believe it or not, i would rather have this lens than any other in the world. It seems to be made for me. And the fact that it is only 200.00 is pretty neat.