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

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Review Date: Oct 23, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $180.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Great for landscape photos and interior photos especially on a full frame body.
Cons:
The lens outer shell picks up dust and hand perspiration easily so after a while the product can look a bit "old"

I bought this lens for next to nothing second hand recently. I paid about $180 US.
But I noticed that they generally go for about $300 where i live.

I was pleasantly surprised at what I got from my old 5d and this lens. The 1st thing is to realize that this a very wide angle lens that can be used for just about anything but works very well for landscape type photos.

The build isn't as amazing as a canon product and I would love to get my hands on a 17-40 in the future but for now this lens is more than sufficient. Dont be fooled by the noisy little motor for focusing and the clutch style manual to auto focus switch... these things are easy to get around and what you should be looking for is image quality.
I would give it quite a good score for image quality even if it vignettes a bit in the corners. If you take your photo wisely and with some post editing you can get rid of this easily.

As the saying goes... "the proof is in the pudding"
Here is a photo I took last night with my 5d classic.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonjerdo/8118378282/in/photostream.

I would recommend the lens unless you intend on becoming a pro who might need that extra edge in the business.
Hope this helps.


 
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Jun 24, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Silent, good weight and very quick in most light conditions.
Cons:
In very low light it battles to focus. But most lenses do that.

Quality isnt an issue here, the photos are always sharp and colour is quite good. F1.8 is always a bonus and this lens starts looking great when shooting at f2.5 and up.

Cropped sensor 1:1.6 (Canon 40D)
I found that using this lens for day to day photos like going to a park or walking around the city and taking the odd photo doesn't always look great when you see it on your pc later when viewing. Its not an arty type lens if you know what i mean.

Cropped sensor 1:1.3 (Canon 1D mkIIN)
This lens really performs when it comes to food photography. With the right light it focuses quickly and give great results, you can come in quite close to a subject and get good detail. I would highly recommend it for this.

Full Frame (Canon 5D classic)
I tried my luck and popped it on my 5d and did some seascape and landscape photos and this is where i enjoy this lens. The images came out beautiful, not too wide either but you capture all you need.
Also when photographing people this lens works well on the 5D.

Here are some images to look at.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonjerdo/6648255241/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonjerdo/6729594893/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonjerdo/7387359548/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonjerdo/6369795173/in/photostream

Here is a little something extra
Most of the images on this blog were taken with this lens
http://www.yuppiechef.co.za/spatula/vintage-baking-lamingtons/







 
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

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Review Date: Jun 20, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Images have a great bokeh and the lens is light and easy to use.
Cons:
Autofocus can be slow if you don't know how to use this lens

At 1st I thought that i had spent my money on the wrong item but i was looking at it all wrong. Sometimes you pick up a lens and you expect it to do things it wasn't built or designed for and as soon as i understood where this lenses strengths were It became a great asset to me.

If you get up real close and open the lens to 2.8 you will get a slither of field to play with, which works well for a number of things not just shooting bugs and stuff. You can get quite creative with this lens.

On the flip side i sold my 70-200 and needed a lens with some distance on it so i tried this lens to take photos of surfers and body boarders on a semi shore break. I was able to get close enough to warrant using 100mm's. It worked very well with the 1d mkIIn. Sharp images and once the autofocus was at the average focus distance it refocused at a blink of an eye on AI servo setting.

Great lens and lots of fun to use. For the price i would definitely recommend it.

Portrait sample http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonjerdo/7221266892/in/photostream

Close up sample
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonjerdo/6914944320/in/photostream


 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Jun 18, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Well balanced lens in all respects.
Cons:
non

This was my 1st prime lens. When i popped it on the 5d it just came alive, i couldn't stop taking photos with it.
Its quiet, fast and feels good on the camera. Not too heavy. Just perfect. If all lenses could end up this size it would be great.
F1.8 makes for great low light and with the good ISO capabilities on cameras today you can capture almost any image you want.
You wont be disappointed in this lens. I should have gotten it earlier.

Here are some samples to view
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonjerdo/6907195830/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonjerdo/6907195830/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonjerdo/6477014167/in/photostream


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Review Date: Jun 18, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Cheap, lightweight, easy to use and gives great pictures
Cons:
none, especially that you can buy one of these for under R1000

I have had many lenses including L series and found that if you get to know your lens and camera well you can produce great photos at a fraction of the cost.
I think the very expensive lenses are for pros who need a 100% reliable and sturdy build if it gets dropped etc. Most people are clicking away for a hobby and this little lens will give you some very surprising results.

Take a look at some of the photos i took casually with this lens.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonjerdo/7217722410/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonjerdo/7084360653/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bonjerdo/6273405675/in/photostream

I would almost be bold enough to say that you could use this lens on any pro photoshoot especially if you are shooting on a controlled environment.
I use this lens most of the time.