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Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

ef28mmf_18usm_1_
Review Date: Dec 7, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Good image quality.Fast focusing. Nice build (feels well made),usm,ftm.
Cons:
none (so far!!)

I`d had a yearning for a fast `normal` prime since I switched to APSc sensor cameras (from 35mm film when I often used the 50mm 1.4).

I suppose I`d been a bit put off by the less than glowing reviews of this lens up untill very recently, but because I like USM and FTM so much I didn`t see much of an alternative (short of buying a Sigma, which I didn`t want to do), so took the plunge and bought one.

All I can say is that I must have dropped lucky yet again !! I must have bought around twenty or so canon lenses since around 1999 and had good copies every time. To hear some people talk, you`d think canon were incapable of making a half decent lens ! I`ve found the image quality to be very good all round - lovely colour, contrast and sharpness (its even decent wide open at the image centre). Not quite as sharp as the 85 1.8, but not that far behind either..

I`ll be using this lens most of the time as a walk-around lens on my camera (a 40D).

Absolutely no regrets here.





 
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

EF10-22
Review Date: Nov 1, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great image quality (sharp, good colour & contrast), surprisingly little distortion (if the camera is held truly level, vertical lines even near the edge of the frame are pretty straight. Same with the horizontal lines if the lens is parallel to the subject plane). Decent build quality. WIDE !!
Cons:
A little pricey considering Canon don`t supply a hood!! The hood is the same as on the 17-40/16-35. THEY come with a hood and the 10-22 costs MORE than the 17-40 L... DUH ??

I`ve never used wider than 24mm (on 35mm film) before. I never felt the need for wider.
Lately, however I felt I needed a change - the need to try out a different `look` and the 10-22 was a huge temptation (considering the Aps-c sensor on my 300D).
I NEVER buy lenses without reading reviews first, and couldn`t find any on this lens (the first consignment had only just been delivered to Dale photographic in Leeds UK), but this time I threw caution to the winds and took the plunge.(I traded some little-used stuff for it)
This lens hasn`t been off the camera since I got it (two days ago). I love it !! All that sweeping perspective and huge DOF. It`s like a breath of fresh air to my photography.
Incidentally, I dont take photos of test charts/corn flake packets or newspapers, but I LOVE the photos I`ve been getting from this lens (mainly autumn woodland scenes and a few interiors).
Though I haven`t yet got a hood for it I found very little evidence of flare even with the Sun in some of the shots (we had about 15 minutes of sunshine on sunday morning - the weather has been awful here in the UK).
I did find a little CA, mainly in the corners (definitely CA - not just sensor blooming), but only around strongly back-lit tree branches and such. NOT a huge problem in my opinion (hell this lens is WIDE after all.) There have got to be trade-offs.