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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

EFS18-55_35-56IS
Review Date: Oct 8, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: +light weight +cheap +unusually SHARP (even wide-opened) for its price, especially on wide-mid range +very short minimum focusing distance +effective IS, 3-stop guaranteed with correct pose +decent focusing performance, even in low light
Cons:
-rotating front barrel when focusing -"not-low" chromatic aberration in some cases @ mid-range -cheap build, which I would rather sacrifice in return of image quality, good call Canon! -aperture gets "slow" quickly approaching tele-end... but again... for the price, seriously all these could easily be ignored

another F-ing great-bang-for-buck lens! (along with the 55-250 IS) gosh it's such an amazingly sharp little lens for its price! it's one among those few but finally, it is from Canon! thumbs up!
IMO it's just, really, a must-have in every Canon DSLR user's line-up


 
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS

efs55-250_f4is_586x225_1_
Review Date: Aug 5, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: + fairly effective IS system + very unique & useful zoom range + OMG, look @ the price tag! + fairly sharp! stopping down doesn't improve much though + chromatic aberration a.k.a color fringing is pretty well controlled + fairly quick & accurate AF under full light + small & light weight for a tele-lens + good color & contrast (personal preference)
Cons:
- normal focusing motor, easily hunts when light gets dim - plasticky bayonet, so-so build quality - focus markings are absent - ....... but kill yourself if you ask for more from the price X D

a F-ing great-bang-for-buck lens! gosh it's such an amazingly sharp little lens for its price! it's one among those few but finally, it is from Canon! thumbs up!
IMO it's just, really, a must-have in every Canon DSLR user's line-up X D


 
Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF]

1750diII
Review Date: Jul 21, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: + constant, wide aperture & useful zoom range + OMG! look @ the price tag! X P + already very sharp @ center wide-opened (across the range!), tack sharp when stopped down! + chromatic aberration a.k.a color fringing is pretty well controlled + fairly quick & accurate internal AF + small & light weight for a fast lens + quite flare prone + great color & contrast (personal preference) + comes with hood, brilliant front lens cap design X D
Cons:
- normal focusing motor with transformers-sounded AF X D - average build quality - average bokeh "milky-ness" from the 7-blade aperture under certain circumstances - rear lens cap isn't universal - front/back focus lottery may strike - not optically stabilized - ....... but kill yourself if you ask for more from the price X D

when QC issue is out of the way, it is such a "fantastically terrific" lens for its price! IMO every cropped-sensor-DSLR users should @ least try this lens!