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Canon EF 28-105mm f/4-5.6 USM

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Review Date: Apr 6, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $150.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: It's got a good working focal range, compact, light, reasonably sharp and cheap.
Cons:
This lens does not exist! The lens Canon offers is the EF 28-105 3.5-4.5USM! seriously the only down side to this is that it's not the sharpest tool and most samples I've owned displayed fairly strong chromatic abberations beyond the outer 1/4 of the image area.

What can I say? This is a very good consumer lens that can cover a lot of territory at a very reasonable price! Not an "L" class lens by any stretch of the imagination but a solid, usable piece of glass. I've owned several and sold them only to buy another one!

 
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Apr 6, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $850.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: The BEST thing about this lens is the mode 2 IS feature and it's modest price. Resonably sized for a 300 f/4 lens and operates as one used to Canon's super teles would expect it to.
Cons:
Surprisingly, image quality where IS is cannot play a factor in steadying the image on film. This lens on its own is not as sharp and lacks the snap of the EF 300 4L non IS. Of the 300mm "L" class primes that Canon has produced this is the worst by far.

I have owned several Canon EF 300mm primes, two EF 300 2.8L, one EF 300 4L and two EF 300 4L IS lenses. After careful comparisons of these lenses in the field and shooting targets the best of the bunch is the EF 300 2.8L and EF 300 2.8L IS followed very closely by the EF 300 4L and trailing a distant fourth the EF 300 4L IS. I don't know why but images from these lenses lacks the snap so apparent in images from the others on FILM. I still like it though as a sports shooter it offers images that you cannot get with any other lens except the EF 300 2.8L IS. BUT sometimes the EF 300 2.8L IS is just too big and heavy to safely shoot with. A good example would be the foredeck of a racing yatch, the EF 300 4L IS would be the clear choice in lenses. Or would have been untill the EF 70-200 2.8L IS came out! Still a versatile lens at a reasonable price given what it is capable of capturing!


 
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

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Review Date: Apr 6, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $750.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Amazingly sharp with very high contrast. Reasonably light and compact given its lens speed and once you have used it for a short time you;ll consider it a great value.
Cons:
Hmmm, I can't think of any.

I love this lens on a film body for people! This baby is right up there with the EF 200 1.8L for lens sharpness and contrast. Deep hood works well but is huge! I love the images on film though and the shallow DOF and blown out backgrounds are amazing to all who look at images I've shot with it. Alas for the digiratti this lens may have grown too long for its best role.

 
Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM

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Review Date: Apr 6, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Incredibly fast lens that can be used wide open and only gets better by f/2.8. Incredible contrast and sharpness to the corners.
Cons:
Cost!

This is possibly the sharpest lens Canon has made for the EF mount with real competition from the EF 135 2L. I've owned two different EF 300 2.8L's and EF 300 4L and two EF 300 4L IS lenses, have rented the EF 400 2.8L and the EF 200 1.8L is flat out the sharpest of the bunch!

The EF 200 1.8 produces 3D images on chromes and with its shallow DOF and fast AF action this is a great sports shooters lens for isolation of subjects at short distances. It also seems to work well with the EF 1.4X and makes a great portrait lens if a bit heavy for most. Can be used wide-open with excellent results but be prepared for the pop you will get by f/2.8 and f/4. Outstanding optics but the only way I can justify it is to rent it for a shoot,