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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Jan 20, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Built like a brick, sharp across range, great bokeh, has a pretty red line around it.
Cons:
Weight of a brick, lens hood size, awkward lens cap, pricey

This is a hell of a lens. It is my do-it-all lens and I now rarely use primes in this range. Autofocus is completely silent and fast. Colour is accurate with very little fringing of high-contrast areas.

Have used this lens with spectacular results on a 10D and a 20D. I now have a full-frame 5D and this lens has really come alive. At 24mm it is excellent.

It carries a big price-tag, but then I've spent a fortune on sub-standard lenses that didn't cut it, so sold off at a loss. Conclusion: buy cheap, buy twice - buy this.

Below are a few examples taken with it:
http://www.pbase.com/beaucroft/image/58128749
http://www.pbase.com/beaucroft/image/63493370
http://www.pbase.com/beaucroft/image/58189105
http://www.pbase.com/beaucroft/image/58560500


 
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro

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Review Date: Oct 25, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build quality, sharpness, price
Cons:
Size, weight, not 'true' macro, not an 'L'

Although I love my 24-70 2.8L, it's not the sort of lens that you just chuck in the bag, so I needed something that had slightly less presence than a house brick. Using a 10D with a small sensor, I was tempted by a 35mm lens for wider coverage, but this 50mm comes Macro and in the end, is far more versatile for my needs.

Having had this lens for a month now, I am very pleased with it. The 2.5 apeture is plenty wide enough for me, and gives excellent blur. It is good and sharp and makes for excellent portraits.

The Macro won't get super close, so I end up cropping my close-ups a bit to achieve full frame.

It's bigger than the 1.8, but the versatility and price makes it a winner for me.