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Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM

ef200mmf_18l_1_
Review Date: Sep 25, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: As used in the SuperWasp astronomical telescopes to look for the faintest dip in brightness level of 1.1 million stars. Think of your equivalent of the Hubble on Earth!
Cons:
Expensive but oh so worth it.



 
Canon EOS 10D

10D
Review Date: Sep 25, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: extremely good build quality and survived many direct hits. not waterproof but the same heft as any EOS 3. can be used as an expensive sled hammer if you like. low noise ISO100-800. sufficient fps and burst rate for most jobs. no CA. no Blooming. quick enough One Shot AF. adequate resolution even at lower settings. whoever needs >10MP anyway? a massive bargain when i bought it and now. more rugged than 20D or 30D. no double shot noise reduction saves a lot of time for long exposures. very quiet shutter is ideal for nature & weddings. very good grip.
Cons:
not waterproof so becareful in the rain. lots of error 02 and 99 problems. shutter gives out around 35-50,000 cycles. AF tracking a little poor but not much worse than 1/3 series. old ones needs to be serviced to get a new shutter box 13($20). small viewfinder feels very cramped and hard to compose. a bit too heavy for long term use. battery is a little dissapointing especially when used with tracking and holding onto AF/shutter for too long.

an excellent camera and a bargain in todays market even compared to 20D and 30D. practically the same and better in some aspects. low noise is till a massive bonus compared to any other brand on the market. the best way i shoot with this camera is to bracet 1/2 or 1-stop to pick the best exposed shot as the camera sometimes over expose slightly. some highlight is occasionally lost compared to newer cameras but this is very minor.

 
Tamron 28-75MM F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)

2875mm
Review Date: Sep 25, 2006 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: very good image quality from f4 upwards. decent at f2.8. fortunately, glass quality is similar to those made in japan. decent tele range for most jobs but you may need to bring a 135-200 range lense just in case.
Cons:
zoom creeps on newer Chinese models. older Japanese models have a lot of grease so the zoom lock is practically redundant.

This is my second one as the first got nicked by Thailand airport baggage SOBs. Its a new chinese model and feels very different, zooming is now looser with less grease inside, the lense feels a little lighter, and possibly less well put together. However, quality is still decent especially between f4-f8. Very useful f2.8 for dim light and OOF effects. Will be on camera most of the time except for ultrawide and telephotos.

 
Sigma 50mm f2.8 EX Macro 1:1 Lens

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Review Date: Sep 25, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: f2.8. adequately sharp, very useful 1" focus, good build, useful close focusing lock to stop the lense hunting too much, light.
Cons:
despite a wider f-stop would be useful in very dark situations, extending lense, limited focusing steps outside macro range, hunts a bit in mildly dark environments. a tiny bit expensive when compared to Canon f1.8 and f1.4.

If you love macro photography this is one of 2 or 3 lense you need. Get another Tamron 180mm f2.8 and you're sorted. Its not so sharp when wide open so you may want to sharpen up in post.

 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

28-75mm
Review Date: Apr 15, 2005 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: very solidly built, i can confirm this as i was hit with a football straight on the lense. the force went throught the lens and camera and on my face, hard. i ended up needing to go to hospital for a broken nose. so i can definitely say that its super tough. even though it may not be that wide, its wide enough to use as "the" sharpe-ish utility lens for 80% of the time. lightweight. good zoom range. rock solid. no colour cast. no vignette. no flare. good optics but not stellar. very affordable. tamron has not had any Canon compatibility issues unlike Sigma. best affordable 3rd party lens in this zoom range.
Cons:
autofocus is a tad slow for sports/action shoots on my 10D. the sweet spot is around f8 . it can be a little soft at wider apertures, but perhaps this can be fixed.

same as above

 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

28-75mm
Review Date: Mar 13, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: constant f2.8 a life saver for indoor work @ ISO3200, reasonably quick AF, reasonably wide on digital, long end sufficient for most indoor work but not enough for wildlife work, pretty sharp(i haven't tried USMask yet!), affordable high quality(i paid 170 for mail order return, an absolute bargain!), reasonably good build, metal mount.
Cons:
wide end not quite wide enough for all in one walkabout lense but sufficient for street photography. AF could be a tad quicker.



 
Tamron 28-75MM F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)

2875mm
Review Date: Mar 8, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Good sharpness, Price, Constant f2.8, Lightweight, Good build, Reasonable filter diameter, Decent walkabout focal length range.
Cons:
Slightly slower than 28-135IS USM at low light AF, not waterproofed, no FTM

Optics arguably comparable to LUSM

Focus speed is typical Tamron, ie not quite USM

Focus is not FTM, so try not to think it is and slip the clutch to much.

Filter is not 77mm like most ultra-wides so a little pain to buy an adaptor.

Focus at telephoto(if you can call 70mm tele) is not working that well on mine especially in low light and low contrast, which could be due to the camera AF. Perhaps i should get it checked.

Build quality is good, its probably lighter than Canon pro so the more likely it'll stay on my camera.

The wide end is about 75% of a 19mm so it might be worth getting prime ultra-wides for your DSLRs and keep this little wonder on most of the time.

Beware though, Tamron lense seems to take a lot of power from my 10D, and USM have reportedly been hacking less juice out of the old camcorder power pack.


 
Tamron 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 AF

1935mm
Review Date: Mar 3, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: not too heavy, cheap starter wide angle, just wide angle on 1.6 but very little wide angle distortion effect. works on film
Cons:
slightly worry about build quality(you can hear some rattling if you shake it about). slow AF, long end not long enough so a good mid-zoom would be needed more than often.

i bought this lens from warehousexpress for 160, which was very cheap considering the nearest competition were way over 250, including Tamron's 17-35 f2.8.