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

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Review Date: Jun 11, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: inexpensive, sharp and contrasty from 75mm through 200. USM fast and accurate.
Cons:
Soft over 300mm. Noticeable CA on shiny objects and with strong backlighting.

This lens was initially a disappointment, but quickly became a joy. I am a street photographer. I like candid people shots, and this baby is a joy to use, once you realize it's limitations. It is a good portrait lens too, but I mostly use my nifty fifty for that.. It's an excellent 75-200+ lens. If you need a good 300mm lens, this ain't it.

I have a nifty fifty, a 28-135IS USM, and the 75-300. This became my walk-around lens. It was on my camera most of the time. I frequently leave the 28-135 at home.





 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Review Date: Jun 11, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $80.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Inexpensive, sharp and contrasty
Cons:
It breaks too easily.

I have dropped and broken two of these things. When I get another one, I'm going to put a rubber grip around the barrel to add weight and to prevent it from slipping out of my sweaty fingers.

This lens has earned its nick names -- The Nifty Fifty and The Plastic Fantastic. If I had to have only one lens, it would be this one.

It makes beautiful portraits and is a great night life lens. I've told several of my friends to get the lens.


 
Canon EF 28-105mm f/4-5.6 USM

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Review Date: Jun 11, 2007 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 1 

 
Pros: Fast focus: Not bad at very close range -- about minimum focus distance -- with very good light.
Cons:
Soft, low contrast at all apertures, focal lengths and shutter speeds.

I'm amazed that Canon would put its logo on such a crappy product. It came attached to a 10D that I picked up in a pawn shop. They refused to take the lens off and lower the price. Over the past two months, I have managed to destroy my good lenses and am stuck with this piece of crap until I can scrape up dough for a nifty fifty.

It's really frustrating to use this thing. I'm a street photographer who loves candids. I've taken shots with this thing that would have been great if i had taken them with the nifty fifty or the 75-300 USMIII.

If someone offers to give you one, spit in their eye.