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Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro

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Review Date: Sep 3, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $230.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp; versatile close focus; economical.
Cons:
none, except for users who may require the instant gratification of perfect auto-focus.

Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro:

I would recommend it as an economical first choice for a 50mm. I have found it superior to the EF 50mm f1.8 & at f2.5 not much slower. A versatile, reasonably durable lens, to be sure not as rugged as an L.

Colour character is excellent - natural - is a very good description.
Versatile close focus capability.


 
Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 with Softfocus

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Review Date: Oct 31, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $230.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Absolutely sharp. Optical quality is high & price is low. Unique softfocus capability.
Cons:
none......

Group f64 would not approve, however
interest in the Canon f135mm soft focus is not misguided, this lens is one of a kind - (at least among Canon lenses).
It is a special lens, and as stated previously requires a learning period to understand. I do test shots frequently while
using it for best effect.
The lens is inherently sharp, with a dial in continuous soft focus effect - w/engraved setting stops at zero (no effect);
1 (half effect); & 2 (maximum effect). Also placement of a setting anywhere between the stops is appropriate.
For the most part I recommend restraint with the dial. I am pleased with lower settings at wide open up to f5.6.
I bought it for portraits, but users will find it will help eliminate - add on filters,
nylon stockings, vaseline & software approachs to any soft focus work.
Using an adjustable and dedicated optical system is efficient & less arbitrary .
It is more natural, with I feel - a more true control of effect than use of filters or software .
Canon slr/dslr users and portrait makers wanting soft focus should consider it.
I also use the lens as an ordinary sharp prime.
Auto focus is reliable, but this lens is a old design af.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Review Date: Aug 31, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very inexpensive. Good, auto-focus. Can produce clean & sharp images.......
Cons:
Manual focus ring.

I was attracted to this lens because of price and quality. Reviews for this glass have been very kind in terms of high optical quality, which I cannot refute, but users who require the amenity of USM & better build quality could probably be better served by paying more with the Canon 50 f1.4, or for apc sensor - the new Canon 60mm f2.8. Regardless, the f1.8 II is a favorite lens. Have used this lens for primarily street & portrait, and some close focus work with EOS D300 Rebel. sample - http://images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/308/146860.jpg

 
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

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Review Date: Apr 13, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp & wide with deep depth of field, and option to use a surprisingly close working distance.
Cons:
Necessary use of thin filter which have inadequate lens caps. Price is high. Aperature at f3.5 to f4.5 is a bit slow for low light situations.

Am currently using this lens with the Rebel and picked it for the field of view. It has the wide attributes I was looking for to investigate pictorial opportunities for mainly architecture and landscape, but am finding it useful for many kinds of subjects. Am finding it a very sharp lens - auto focus is quick and accurate. The ability to touch up focus with manual is excellent. Am not to happy with the slow and variable max aperature, a faster constant would have contributed to versitility. Here is a sample: http://www.pbase.com/undieyatch/image/38871032