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Canon EF 35mm f/2

Review Date: Jul 21, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharpness, Bokeh, light weight, compact.
Build Quality seems flimsy.

Noisy motor? I upgraded from Pentax. This lens is much faster focusing and about the same noise signature. I found this lens to be a great prime. I'd rather have a better build qualtiy to go along with the optical quality. One thing I did was add a 52mm-55mm step-up ring. The plastic threads on the front of the lens bothered me and I've got a circular polarizer always on the ready-alert. What would I do different? Why not a USM version of this lens with full-time Manual override?

Canon Speedlite 380EX

Review Date: Jul 21, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $99.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Relatively powerful. Sturdy Build Quality. Positive, tight tilt stops. Cheap. AF Assist works great.
Well, it's inherint to the design but Swivel would be nice. Autozoom could be faster. Battery door sucks.

Bought this when I replaced all of my Pentax stuff with Nikon Digital and Film equipment. First wanted teh 420EX but was more than satisfied to find the 380 EX. With a StoFen Omni-Bounce, this is as good as a studio strobe for my purposes. While Swivel is a nice feature, the previous flash I had with that feature was rarely swiveled but tilted often. Why pay extra for a minor advantage? I'm cheap, I guess.