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Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L

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Review Date: Dec 22, 2005 Recommend? | Price paid: $1,100.00

 
Pros: Manual focus is smooth. Tilt and shift features.
Cons:
Challenging to use while holding an off-body flash.

This is the first wide angle lens I really like. I had a 17-40 f/4 that I sold, it was nice but not much better than the 18-55mm kit lens (which I kept). I had a 15mm f/2.8 sigma which was nice but not that impressive, I traded it. I had a 35mm f/1.4 which was nice, but not wide enough and nothing incredible.
The 24mm TS-E is very nice. I am still learning where the plane of focus is while tilting and I haven't really made use of the shift yet because I don't have my tripod with me. With no tilt and no shift I think it produces nicer images than any of the lenses I mentioned above.
The manual focus is nice, it is smooth and easy to use. Most shots outside of 5 ft. are somewhere near infinity so it is not hard to find focus. Most of the focus rotation is used for things within 5 ft. so it is really precise in that range.


 
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L

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Review Date: Dec 21, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Nice manual focus. It's unique.
Cons:
It's hard to use with a off camera flash in hand and no tripod.

This is the first wide angle lens I have found that I like. I owned and sold a sigma 15mm, a 17-40 F/4, a 35 f/1.4 and I still own the 18-55mm kit lens. Not one of those lenses satisfies me but the 24 TS-E that I just bought a few days ago is very pleasing. It is interesting to use the tilt feature, I am still trying to learn where the plane of focus is though. I haven't used a tripod with it yet so I haven't made much use of the shift feature but I know it will be fun too. I actually like the manual focus... it is smooth and pretty easy to use, after about 5 feet away everything is really close to infinity so it is pretty easy for snap shots. The images it produces for snapshots, without using tilt or shift, are nicer than any of the other lenses I mentioned above. I am very happy that I finally found a wide angle lens I like.

 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Aug 13, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $310.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Small and light weight. Fast. Sharp. Able to create shallow depth of field.
Cons:
The front element extends out when focusing.

It is only a little wider than what my eyes see, so it is very easy to anticipate and frame a shot. Cheap f/1.4 for low light use. The autofocus works fine.
I haven't seen much of any chromatic aberation, even when shooting at trees with the sun in the background.


 
Lowepro Mini Trekker AW


Review Date: Aug 12, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: It looks good. Zippers are smooth. It fits a 400mm f/5.6 on my 300D.
Cons:
None yet.

I think it will work well for hiking.

 
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

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Review Date: Aug 3, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: It produces sharp and contrasty photos. It is fine for handheld use. The built-in hood is good.
Cons:
None that I know.

I love this lens. I will probably use it mostly at the beach for surf pictures, I don't know why I would need anything faster. I have no complaints at all.
I did get the hood stuck a little when I first got it.


 
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

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Review Date: Aug 3, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $469.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: I like this lens a lot, not just because it is new for me. It is sharp, handles high contrast well, and it can focus really close. In good light it focuses really fast.
Cons:
None that I know about.

I am really glad I got this lens. I think it kicks a@$.



 
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: Jun 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $660.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Works Great. Fast focus. Sharp.
Cons:

It fits in my shoulder bag. It is great for candid photos. It just works great. I only rate it a nine cause I don't know if there is anything better or not. I don't know which is better.... go with primes (15 f2.8, 35 f/1.4, 85 f/1.8, 200 f/2.8) or go with slightly larger zooms (16-35 f/2.8, 24-70 f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8). I chose the primes... seems like you will have to change lenses just as often with zooms.