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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

EFS18-55_35-56IS
Review Date: Jul 15, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $170.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Price, High IQ
Cons:
Non-Metal Mount


Here's my review:

Optics

UP: Very Sharp, Contrasty even at wide apertures, well controlled CAs, good neutral colors.

DOWN: obvious barrel distortions at 18mm


Handling

UP: Very fast auto-focusing, IS works, Accurate focusing doesn't hunt, the plastic zoom barrel is well damped, improved rubber zoom barrel,

DOWN: Focusing barrel wobbles a bit, focus barrel moves while focusing.

Build

UP: LENS MADE IN JAPAN, nice crinkle finish.

DOWN: ALL PLASTIC.

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Recommendations:

Hear this CANON next time you release another version of this.

1. Must have a metal mount.
2. No distortions
3. USM/FTM/Scale-distance window
4. Fixed focus barrel
5. Still Low Price








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

2875mm
Review Date: Feb 4, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $399.00 | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Pin sharp @ f/4.0 to f/22
Cons:
extremely soft and unusable @ f/2.8, f3.2 & f/3.5!!!

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Here's my review
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Been using this lens for a year on a 20D body.

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Optics:
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28mm @ f/2.8 to f/22 = excellent sharpness

50mm @ f/2.8 to f/3.5 = SOFT & unusable!!!

60mm @ f/2.8 to f/3.5 = SOFT & unusable!!!

75mm @ f/2.8 to f/3.5 = SOFT & unusable!!!

From f/4.0 to f22.00 at all focal length, it has an excellent sharpness nice bokeh even at f/4.0.

You wonder how sharp? if you have a CANON 50mm 1.8 @ f/2.8 that's what you get with this Tamron at f/4.0 all the way to f/22.

At f/2.8 to f/22 settings this lens shines only at 28mm ALL SHARP!!!

as for all focal lengths f/4.0 is your best bet!!! wider than that you'll get soft unusable images--except for 28mm.

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Handling:
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good metal mount

nice zoom lock






 
Tamron 24-135MM F/3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical (IF) Macro

24135mm_1_
Review Date: Jun 18, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $399.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Optically Sharp, Contrasty Lens, Produces nice colors, Aluminum alloy Barrel & Build Quality
Cons:
NONE

Here's my review: Tamron 24-135mm SP

Just plain common sense and feel. Tested on 20D EOS body.

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Results
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Optics:

1. Sharp all the way! Sharpest aperture is f/5.6
2. Contrasty.
3. Very good color reproduction.
4. You might ask how sharp? If you have a CANON 50mm f1.8 it's just like that. I compared the pictures myself.
5. NOT SOFT!
6. Better and far sharper than CANON 18-55mm kit lens [ which is soft ]

Handling:

1. Aluminum alloy barrel
2. Nice Zoom lock
3. Metal mount
4. AF speed is fast
5. AF doesn't hunt [ on my 20D ], it just focuses right there where you point to. [vertical and horizontal]
6. The lens is like a "ROCK" very solid. [ It's metal ]
7. I don't mind the STIFFNESS. [ zoom barrel ]
8. Made in Japan