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Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX SD

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Review Date: Feb 18, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Awesome lens in every aspect. Sharp @ f/2.8, ULTRASHARP @ f/4. It's the best lens in its class!
Cons:
None. Really none!

I've changed my lens bag a lot of time, but this always funny and useful lens is always inside. You can't imagine how many incredible pictures you can take with it before you try.


 
Tokina 50-135mm f/2.8 AT-X 535 AF PRO DX

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Review Date: Feb 18, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $499.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp @ f/2.8 at all focal lenght (yes, 135mm too!), fast and accurate aufocus. Built like a tank! This is what I call 'a lovely lens'.
Cons:
Too heavy? No way to take out the collar? A little bit too loud AF? I can leave with all this issue and this lens is always a 10 for me.

I love this AWESOME portrait lens just as I put it to my canon 7D. No way to take it out Smile
A little tip: I'm using a 430 ex II in DISABLE MODE when I shot in low light to help the lens to find the correct focus... but this works for every lens with not 100% precise AF drive...
FOR TOKINA: please consider to achive knoledge to build your own IS/OS/VC/VR stabilizer..


 
Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM

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Review Date: Feb 18, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Incredible center sharpness already @ f/1.4, fast autofocus, great bokeh. The only affordable price/performance normal lens (48mm equivalent on canon)
Cons:
Too soft at corners, even stopping down. Focus hunts a little bit too often in mid or low light

As you can read in pro/cons this lens is awesome in 90% shots. The corner softness sometimes is annoying, in the rest of time helps to keep on eye your center subject.
The only real negative aspect is the HSM drive miss the correct focus for few millimeters in mid->low light conditions, but few mm @ f/1.4 with near subject is sufficient to make a wrong shot.
All in all is a near perfect lens.


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Jan 31, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $970.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Always super sharp, IS is a real help in some cases.
Cons:
A little heavy in walkaround use.

I've bought and sold a lot of lenses, sometimes to test it, sometimes to try it, sometimes to verify user review.... But this lense has a difference space: there's a label in my bag to show is permament place! Never sold it and I'll never do!

It's incredibly sharp, @f/4 like @f/11, my 10mp 40D can't stay behind its sharpness. Colour saturation at the top level like USM speed and vignetting and construction quality.

A real fun with portrait photos where f/4 isn't a limit like in sports photos.

This lens is a 10 in every class: save money and buy it!


 
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

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Review Date: Jan 31, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $180.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Impressive sharpness for a lens of this price! It's a real bergain!
Cons:
A little too barrell distorsion at wide angle. Plastic wobbling, but not affects image quality.

It's a great lens: sharp at f/5.6-11, no vignetting in this range of apertures, no CA... only a little barrell distorsion @18mm (a little more of 17-55 f/2.8 [1000$] but best of 17-85 USM [500$]) so: can you don't buy this lens only for plastic mount and wobbling?

I've got a 17-55 f/2.8 one year ago and I'm absolutely satisfied by it, but with the same money now I've bought this 18-55 IS and a 10-22 USM ultrawide lens.

That's incredible: no real differences in the final results: only 2 f-stop slow and a little more barrell distorsion at wide end.
Autofocus is pretty fast and accurate, note the same of the f/2.8 brother, but really near.

No shots in dark conditions (and obviusly no sports photografy with this focal lenght class) so no doubts: BUY IT and LOVE IT!