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Zeiss 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar T*

Review Date: Apr 12, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Superb color, great contrast, stupid sharp

By far, the best 50mm lens I ever mounted on Canon DSLR body ... and trust me I tried them all (Canon 1.2/1.4/1.8), Contax Zeiss, Sigma and Summilux-R 50mm f/1.4. No glitches, no issues, no negatives ... just plain awesome lens!

Two quick samples 5 minutes after I took it out of box:



Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 EX DG HSM

Review Date: Jun 8, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great zoom range, price, built quality
None so far

After few months of debating, I finally decided to pull the trigger and buy this lens. I picked up a used one (non DG version). Based on reviews and the fact this lens covers such a great range I thought this could be a perfect choice. I needed a lens for sport events, something versatile, sharp and fast and within a reasonable price range. After just few days of testing, I can say this Sigma not only proved to be a right choice but it convinced me that great telephoto lens doesn't need to be white and very expensive. Sigma 120-300 is tack sharp even wide open ... and it goes like that through the entire focal range. I have 2 other Sigma lenses and this one is no exception when comes down to colors ... pleasantly warm and nicely saturated. The thing I like the most about it is the fact I can follow the players all around the soccer field no matter if they're close to the sideline or right at the center of the field. I couldn't do this with Canon 300mm f/2.8L. BTW, this lens is as sharp as Canon 300mm f/2.8L ... in my opinion the picture quality is almost identical. Highly recommended!

Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Jan 5, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharpness,heavenly bokeh,built

In the past 4-5 years I think I've tried all 50mm primes that will fit Canon DSLR. Leica and Zeiss were awesome, Canon 1.8 and 1.4 didn't disappoint and Sigma was pretty good too. Then came 50L ... I don't know if I was just lucky enough to buy a stupid sharp copy or maybe Canon improved something in the past couple of years but I can say that this lens coupled with 5DMII is a dream combination. I have no focusing issues what so ever and the lens is darn accurate and sharp even wide open. Highly recommended!!!

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

Review Date: Dec 10, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $280.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Weight, sharpness and build
None so far

I know many will disagree but this lens performs better than my 24-70L. Beside being lighter than a "brick", Tamron really shines in all aspects. The sharpness and color matching is absolutely fantastic. I have to say I didn't expect much from it but after few days of shooting and testing, IMO the lens outperforms many Canon L zoom counterparts. 67mm filter size on this lens in compassion to 72mm on 24-70L will save you even more $$$.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

Review Date: Nov 28, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Resolution & built

This is by far the best body I ever used. I can't really think about any major flaw although it's quite demanding when comes down to lens you mount on it. Pro grade built quality .... overall this is 10 out of 10 for me. I'm pretty sure when time comes for an upgrade my 1Ds MII won't be for trade or sale .... keeper for good.

Sigma 105mm f2.8 EX Macro 1:1 Lens

Review Date: Mar 26, 2008 Recommend? | Price paid: $400.00

Pros: Sharp,well priced

This is my second post. After almost 2 years using this lens I have to say I'm quite impressed. Fantastic macro performer but also a great portrait lens ... highly recommended! 90% of samples photos were taken with this gem:


Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Dec 30, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,050.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharp wide open, fast AF, great indoor performance
Nothing so far

Overall I would rate this lens 9 out of 10. I got it back in November 2006 and after a year I can say that 16-35L Mark I is an excellent wide angle lens. I shoot with FF bodies and I guess this is pretty much the reason why I went for it. 16mm is quite wide on my 5D and 1Ds. I noticed some barrel distortion at this focal length but then again you have to count on it simply because all wide angle lenses have this "problem". Compared to Sigma 15-30 I had before, vignetting is absolutely marginal. What really surprised me with this glass is sharpness and AF accuracy. This lens really shines anywhere between 20 and 35mm. I took so many shots at 35mm wide open at f/2.8 and the results are nothing less than amazing. Built quality is superb. This is light weight lens compared to my 24-70L and sometimes for me this makes a big difference. Two thumbs up ....

Some samples:


Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Feb 25, 2007 Recommend? | Price paid: $1,200.00

Pros: Range, built, quality

This is my second review. I shoot with FF bodies and this lens remains on most of the time on my camera. After almost a year using it, I have to say this lens is one of the best zoom glass Canon ever made. I use 17-40, 70-200 f/2.8 and 16-35L but 24-70 always keeps the top spot on my list. I read many reviews in here where folks are complaining that 24-70L is not as sharp as some L primes ... that's completely normal cause I haven't seen one zoom lens that outperforms L prime.
24-70L does excellent job in low light conditions. I think it's fast, accurate and very versatile. It looks and feels very solid and durable .... built to survive WWIII.

Some recent shots I took with 24-70 ... http://senicphoto.smugmug.com/gallery/2488612#130600583

Sigma 15-30mm f3.5-4.5 EX Aspherical DG DF

Review Date: Oct 20, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Solid build, great range, really sharp
Moderate vigneting

I got my copy 2 months ago and my first impressions were pretty mixed. I was looking for inexpensive 17-40L replacement and as far as price goes this lens was a great deal. Reading throughout reviews here on FM, I thought I can give it a try.
First, I have to say that lens shines in all aspects except a moderate vignetting present in the range from 15 to approximately 22mm. It is quite noticeable especially when shooting outdoor where center always become a bit overexposed compared to dark edges and corners. I think a little bit of work in PS can definitely fix this problem. I use lens correction filter and after processing all shots are quite astonishing! Color match and sharpness are probably the biggest pros of this lens. In some shots, I found Sigma 15-30 a bit sharper @ 30mm than my 24-70L. Overall, this is a great lens.... if you can spend few extra minutes in front of your computer fixing things up, you will love this wide angle Sigma.

Sigma 105mm f2.8 EX Macro 1:1 Lens

Review Date: Sep 25, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Well built, sharp & lightweight
None so far

I got mine 2 months ago and I am more than happy with it. I shoot product and food photography and as an ex EF 100mm f/2.8 macro owner I was looking for something in this class. I sold my Canon macro 3-4 months ago and I was on the verge of buying it again. After I read all reviews about this Sigma lens, I have decided to give it a try. First, I found this lens exceptionally accurate and sharp although, the focusing is a bit slower than Canon's USM. This is not in any shape and form disadvantage because photos I am taking are not time restrained. Considering this is my only Sigma glass besides all other Canon L lenses, it shines in all aspects. Colors are quite worm and accurate. On a full frame body it does a great job. The build quality, in my opinion is better than Canon 100 macro. AF can be sometimes troubling but that happens with almost all macro lenses in restricted light conditions. My recommendation for all of potential Canon 100mm macro buyers ... before you make your decision, go to your local camera store and take some test shots with this awesome lens. Make a comparison and then choose your macro glass.

These are some of the shots taken with Sigma 105mm f/2.8:


Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: Jun 22, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Solid built, fast AF
None so far

Got this lens two days ago (used). Awesome performance, great value for money. I would probably think twice before buying it brand new (compared to plastic fantastic f1.8). It's really sharp and clear.... very good in low light, perfect for portraits. I found it quite useful even shooting with maximum 1.4 aperture, although the shots are millimeters shallow. If you can get it used, go and buy it because you won't be disappointed.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: May 26, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Great range, solid built, fast and sharp
none so far although my first one was a bad copy

After a month of debate between this lens and 17-40mm I went and bought this glass. Unfortunately my first copy was the bad one. Very noticeable CA problem.... so I took it back and I've got the replacement, no question asked (Henrys is really good about this). This is the solid lens. It does weight a little bit more than 17-40mm but that's where you'll find a slight quality difference between these two gems. I took approximately 200 shot with this lens on my Digital Rebel XT and my friendís 20D. I am quite satisfied. Pictures are sharp and crisp wide open or not. Itís a pleasure working with it especially with high aperture Ö. super fast focus even under very limited light conditions. I found focal range quite adequate for any serious amateur photographer and I have no complains about it.
On the flip side of the coin, this lens has reversed zoom direction. To zoom out for example, you have to turn the ring clock wise and vise versa Ö. kind a strange but I am sure I will get use to it. Donít fool yourself, this is a one heavy lens Ö it weight 2.1 lb! On my Digital Rebel XT feels really weird. I canít find a balance so easily and I am sure I got to get a battery pack just to put more weight on my camera. If you carry this lens for everyday shooting, you might find it balky but once you go back home and check your photos youíll forget it in a second.

As an EX EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM owner, I can really appreciate this glass and its quality. I sold my 17-85mm to finance this puppy and I have no regrets what so ever. If you have money to spend, I would highly recommend this lens Ö.

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: May 15, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: $750.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Great flexibilty and zoom range, IS
Price, CA, wide open barrel distortion

I bought this lens as a part of Digital Rebel XT kit. After approximately 2 months of extensive use and testing, in my opinion this lens doesnít live up to its reputation. I was really eager to try it out and make the best out of it. Besides the IS and the great zoom coverage, all other aspects will fall under average or just one notch bellow. I found CA could be a great problem. Outdoor shots taken with this lens could be either good or quite bad. The lens hunts in low light conditions ... problems with focus (auto & manual) are really noticeable. You must have a lot of patience working indoor with this lens. In addition, all shots (and this is been mentioned so many times before) looks really soft and anemic. Without computer processing, I think printing would be only possible for a small size printouts (4x6, 8x5 etc.). After all this is a consumer grade lens. Donít expect too much out it. The thing that bothers me the most is the price. For the given quality I wouldnít pay again $799 CAN for it. I want to love this lens but I just canít go over some many disadvantages and flaws Ö. After all, I think you really have to know how to work with this lens Ö. knowing the limitations is the key.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Apr 20, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Super sharp, silent AF, great colors, awesome value for money
None so far

I bought this lens today and just after 40-50 shots taken with this lens I can only say it rocks! I had a chance to read all the reviews about it on this forum and I can't agree more with the rest of you who own this jewel. I was taking photos outdoor and indoor and sharpness and accuracy amazed me. I have a Digital Rebel XT with two other lenses (EF 100mm F2.8 USM Macro & 17-85mm USM II Zoom) and by so far this is my favorite one. The main reason I purchased this lens is the fact that my main lens 17-85mm USM is not a great low light performer. I had a lot of aggravations working indoor with it so I knew I had to go and get something decent. This lens is really fast. AF is quite impressive and just adding the size and portability, it makes your photography so much more enjoyable. If any Canon consumer lens comes close to L series, this would be the one! Who ever think about buying this lens, go for it.... you won't be disappointed.