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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS

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Review Date: Aug 29, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $237.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Price, Image Stabilizer, Very Handy Range/Focal Length, Size, Light-Weight, Good Image Quality.
Cons:
Rotating Front Element.

Its not just "A" particular factor but a combination of all of the little good things this lens encompasses which make it value-for-money.

Unlike others who see a plastic make as negative, I infact like it :thumb: as it makes this lens lightweight enough to leave the camera with the lens attached dangling with the strap on your neck which i wouldnt dare to do if i had a 70-200 or a 100-400 :naughty:

Image Quality is indeed Very Good

ONE VERY IMPORTANT THING I'D LIKE TO STRESS ON is that like most lenses that i've personally used, they all tend to produce excellent & very sharp images of objects which are close & zoomed-in on at maximum focal length (refer the photos in the link below of airplane nose close-ups) whereas, upon zooming-in on objects at a distance to fill a frame at max focal length they tend to lose a little sharpness depending upon the haze in the air as well as the temperature - heat haze if you are shooting in warm conditions at a high focal length. This lens is no exception.

The Image-Stabilizer is perhaps one of the best feature of this lens, you can actually make-out the IS stepping-in when shooting at high focal length or slow shutter speeds.

Chromatic Abberation (CA) is extremely low to non-existant.

Another thing i like about this lens is its fantastic range from 55mm to tele-photo (250mm) which is quite brilliant.

Auto Focus (AF) is almost always accurate, except in low-lighting where it will hunt a bit at times.
You have a choice, either let it hunt & find the focussing point or switch to Manual Focus (MF).

Fun lens to own & play around with given its economical price.

Thumbs Up! Click here to view my photos shot through this beautiful lens.

Cheers - Vishal Jolapara :thumb:


 
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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Review Date: Jul 10, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Build Quality, Fast AF, Silent, 'Very Marginally' Soft over 300mm (depending on the shooting environment & weather), Sharp otherwise, Excellent Colour Reproduction & Contrast.
Cons:
Weight - but then almost all tele-photo's in this range are about just as heavy, the push-pull zoom takes a little getting used to buts thts alright, not the most ideal focal length to begin with (at 100mm), Price ? ;)

Its quite a lens if you're well built & have big hands.

Its weight & the push-pull zoom mechanism would take a bit of time getting used to however they're no REAL drawbacks as such.

The push-pull zoom well, it also has a tension/lock ring in place to prevent the barrel from fully extending outwards if pointed downwards now, it can be a bit tricky if you are shooting something below you from an elevated point as if you lock the ring too tightly then you wont be able to zoom in or out smoothly or perhaps not at all & if you leave it too loose then well it 'may' slide down a little while you're shooting and/or when left unguarded.

I would've ideally liked the focal length beginning somewhere around 50-70mm instead of 100mm which sort-of limits its usage to distant objects (arguable) however, its quite nice uptill 'about' 300mm before losing slight amount of sharpness (fixable in Photoshop though).

ONE VERY IMPORTANT THING I'D LIKE TO STRESS ON is that like most lenses that i've personally used, they all tend to produce excellent & very sharp images of objects which are close & zoomed-in on at maximum focal length (refer the photos in the link below of airplane nose close-ups) whereas, upon zooming-in on objects at a distance to fill a frame at max focal length they (the photos) tend to lose a 'little' sharpness depending upon the haze in the air as well as the temprature - heat haze if you are shooting in warm conditions at a high focal length.

AF is quite quick & accurate.

A true zoom range of 160-640mm on a 1.6x crop body is fantastic however, you'd need a steady hand to harness this telescope well Wink

Click here for the photos I shot with the 100-400L

Smile Cheers - Vishal Jolapara Smile



 
Canon EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II USM

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Review Date: Jul 3, 2008 Recommend? | Price paid: $219.95

 
Pros: Sharp throughout its focal length spectrum, lightweight, fast, extra-ordinary image quality & economical both in terms of size & price.
Cons:
None encountered yet.

To add another dimension to my previous review of this lens (which was within 2 months of my purchase), this is a bit more thorough & detailed evaluation of the lens.

Its so damn good in the day time that i started doing nights with it & the results are Spectacular !! to say the least -
Here are some rippers shot with this lens in Dawn/Dusk Lighting & at Night. (Below every photo you will also get an option to look-up the EXIF data, right at the bottom of the page).

Obviously during low light conditions you would need a steady hand and a slight increase in ISO (for hand-held shooting upto an extent) whereas for stationary subjects choose the lowest possible ISO & let the lens pass over some fine fodder for the camera to cook & turn into a work of art Smile

The details this lens encompasses & its lightning fast speed (silent too) are just a joy to play with.

Give it a bit of light & it will sink its teeth right into it to produce some extraordinary images.

It goes without saying that its my favorite lens & i'm certainly not parting with it anytime soon.

Cheers - Vishal


 
Canon EOS Rebel XTi (400D)

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Review Date: Jul 2, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $579.95 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Size, Rugged, LightWeight, Looks, Easy-to-Use Camera & Menu, Sensor Cleaning, Price & Great Image Quality.
Cons:
No real negative things as such, if anything ISO limited to 1600.

Its performance & ease-of-use are unparallel, combine that with its economical pricing & you have a winner.

However, any dSLR no matter how expensive is any good without a good lens. The Rebel XTi/400D provides an excellent processing engine for a decent piece of glass attached to it.

Hence, upon asking i've always reccomended a 'BODY ONLY' purchase as i do not think the 18-55mm is among Canon's best lenses but thats another discussion topic altogether.

The only thing with this camera (and i would assume with most cameras) is that you constantly have to keep looking-up & adjust the exposure settings (under/over-expose & ISO) to get the best results as per the shooting environment. Its no big deal, the controls are right beside the shutter-click button & you can even do it whilst shooting, it would only make you a better photographer & make the camera feel like an extension of yourself.

I have pushed the camera to its limits on a lot of occasions like shooting in a mild drizzle (with the camera completely uncovered & exposed the the elements) as well as shooting in outright heavy rains (while covering it with something though the water did get 'ON' the camera on occasions) & banged it a few times, once really badly but thankfully its still working as good as new.

Click here for my photos shot with the Rebel XTi/400D

Cheers - Vishal
http://www.jetphotos.net/showphotos.php?userid=30826


 
Canon EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II USM

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Review Date: Feb 26, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $219.95 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Its Tiny, Lightweight, Economically Priced, Silent & Very Smooth Zoom, Very Crisp Picture Quality both in terms of Colours & Sharpness.
Cons:
none

I basically bought this lens to shoot airplanes, and i must say i'm in Love Wink Wink
Let the picture do all the talking : http://www.jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=6182166&nseq=3
(shot at 97mm & produced one of my best shots yet)
You can check its EXIF Data below the photo

Thats just one example, you give the lens a little light to work with & its a lens like no other.

I've been fortunate to've also used the 24-105L & i notice almost no difference whatsoever.

Its quite reasonably priced & a sure value for money product.

You can checkout more photos shot through this baby here - http://www.jetphotos.net/showphotos.php?userid=30826

Cheers - Vishal Jolapara.