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Canon EF 35mm f/2

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

 
Pros: Sharpness, Bokeh, light weight, compact.
Cons:
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

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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.
Cons:
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.