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Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Jul 27, 2012 Recommend? | Price paid: $700.00

 
Pros: Inexpensive for a lens of this focal length and aperture.
Cons:

The last time I rated this lens I had only used it on a 40D and I gave it a 8. Now that I have been using it on a 5D MKII for a year I would give it a 9. It really is a useful lens of FF and there just isn't much to compete with it at it's price range. The 24L is better but it is much more expensive. I don't have any trouble making good shots with this lens. I did a micro focus adjustment of -5 and this made a world of difference and I find even 1.8 looks good. f2.2 and up is fantastic. Light fast and good focus system makes this a great lens. Stop down to reduce CA

 
Canon Speedlite 580EX II

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Review Date: Dec 27, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Powerful Workhorse!
Cons:
Master/Slave switch isn't as convenient as 580EX

I have four of these units and they have never let me down. I have even had them on lightstands that got knocked over and they kept on working despite one of them landing so hard that the foot was pulled part way off of the flash!!

I use them in Manual and ETTL II and have no complaints.


 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Apr 14, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp wide open. Good build. Light. Fast and accurate AF.
Cons:
Would prefer a bayonet hood although the clip on one has not been a problem it's just finickier to attach.

I don't hesitate to shoot wide open. I love this lens for portraits indoors and out. I also use it for sports where it's wide aperture and fast AF rock!

If you think you want a short telephoto prime don't waste your time thinking about it, just buy it.


 
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: Apr 14, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $850.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Well built. Fast accurate AF. Very sharp at all apertures. Well balanced and light.
Cons:
not weather sealed.

Wow!

I shoot wide open 80% of the time. If I stop down it is to get greater depth of field not better IQ.

I would buy this lens again in a heartbeat.



 
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

ef28mmf_18usm_1_
Review Date: Apr 14, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $680.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Accurate AF Good build, Sharp for a fast 28
Cons:
In low contrast light it has occasionally missed focus but it is rare.

I bought this lens after MUCH hesitation due to mixed review.

I love the lens so far. It is a little soft at 1.8 but very usable in low light and I have even gotten some excellent 1.8 shots in moderate light with careful focus. At f2 it is just fine for environmental portraits. Overall I think this is a good lens and there is simply no better alternative that is this fast and this price.

The L lenses are better but they are double the price or more!!

The sigma is about the same performance and about the same price.

The other canon primes are slower.

This lens will make photographers happy.