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Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake

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Review Date: Jun 3, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Light, solid, sharp, useful, good focal length for almost everything. Its price is a gift.
Cons:
A bit tight when you mount it. Lens moves in and out and you must take care if the lens left out when camera goes off.

It is solid, lightweight, fits in any space, even in a pocket and dramatically reduces the size of the camera. For street photography is perfect: it's like wearing a classic 35mm camera but still your reflex. A nice format because below 40mm (even on APS-C) compositions are somewhat unrealistic for my taste and 40mm looks like human eye sees reality. Good for small landscapes and macros and is great for portraits. Good colors and as sharp as the 50mm F / 1.4 (which I still adore too). Focus quickly enough, although not a rocket and no problem up to date with manual focus.
A perfect combination for 650D/700D with 18- 135mm.

It has an irresistible price and now more thanks to the Canon cashback promotion (Spring 2013): 129 is a gift.

Just two little drawbacks.
When screwed into the camera it goes very tight in relation to other objectives.

The lens moves in and out of the body and when you turn the camera off with the lens "out", it seems to be somewhat exposed, so it is always convenient to focus to infinity before turning off the camera in order to retract the lens since it does not by itself. It is not sealed nor weather proof so you have to take care like a normal lens.


 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Nov 17, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Building quality, f/2.8, sharpness, reliability, silent, fast. A jewel.
Cons:
No IS, price, size and weight, up to 70mm only. But no con is important at all. It would be THE perfect lens if it had all this.

I was looking for a mid-range zoom with the best possible quality. Something, if that, able to rival with primes in this range. It should be something under f/4. If prize is an evidence of the best, I guest this lens should be one of the best zoom under 2.000 dollars as many reviews say.

Well, I must say this lens is a true jewel. Even big and heavy, it's fast and silent. The open diafragm is quite usable, images are superb and colours are nicely saturated.

Between this lens and the new 24-105 I prefer the 24-70 because of two main reasons: the f/2.8 and the better control of aberrations. IS is good but f/2.8 is better for me. You can control your movement with a tripod but you aren't able to down an f/4 with anything. Using ISO is not an answer since high ISO works for the f/2.8 as well. Since I like dark scenes with natural lights, f/2.8 is key while IS is just an improvement.

After using this lens you fall in love with it.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Oct 17, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $260.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, fast, f1.4, useful, an every moment - all purpose lens. Pretty for portraits, and general photography. Nice colours and bokeh. Not expensive.
Cons:
Not built like a tank, not as fast as I would like -no true USM I mean.

Everything about this lens can be read in the previous posts, I agree on almost every comment. I can say it's my prefered lens, always on the camera or in my bag ready to use. You will be able to take pictures with nearly no light, plenty of coulour and details. I love this lens (and all its happy owners say the same).

Here you can see two samples:
http://www.pix8.net/pro/pic/3462Cx42s/129335.jpg
http://www.pix8.net/pro/pic/3462Cx42s/108568.jpg

Cheers,


 
Tokina 24-200mm AT-X 242 AF

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Review Date: Oct 4, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $215.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Price, 24-200, an all-terrain lens, sharpness from f5,6, building quality,short length for this range. The perfect back-up lens when travel. Did I say the price?
Cons:
Weight (but not so much... it is 24-200 after all!). It does not focus as fast as an expensive Canon lens, but it works pretty well for the price. Some distortion wide open. Filter 72mm.

I was looking for a back-up lens, something longer than the 18-55 EF-S from the original Canon 300D kit. I had heard of this lens and I was searching information about it. I bought it last summer and I did not regret it at all. I payed 260 euros (215$) and the quality I get in pictures is more than I imagined. Highly recommendable. I use 70-200mm f4L and 50mm f1.4, but never a short trip without the Tokina. First quality glass and a broad range of use.

Here you can see three samples:

http://www.pix8.net/pro/pic/3462Cx42s/125154.jpg
http://www.pix8.net/pro/pic/3462Cx42s/109276.jpg
http://www.pix8.net/pro/pic/3462Cx42s/132369.jpg