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Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L

17tse
Review Date: Feb 3, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,300.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp as can be, non-existant CA, shift, shift, shift, have I said shift yet?
Cons:
Expensive, bulbous front element, relative inability to use filters

This lens is truly astounding. I've owned/played with other ts-e's (mostly the 24mm ts-e mkI), and this lens just blows it out of the water. Before you even get to the shifting/tilting advantageous, the unshifted/untilted 17mm is just incredibly sharp.

Now, add in the ts-e factor, and this lens is redefining what a lens can do. Tilt shifts certainly existed before, but given how wide this lens is....it's truly amazing what one can do with this lens. Everyone always talks about how one can fix perspective in processing, but one cannot mimic some of the things this lens can do in processing (shifting out of the way of mirrors, creating an incredibly usable shot out of camera/elminating the need to frame large and then crop, etc)

Now, I bought this lens to use it....and I will certainly do so. However I must admit, that this lens is just as sexy/appealing on a shelf/mounted on the camera as the 85mm L (which I always considered the purtiest lens out there). This lens is CERTAINLY not meant to be collected, but rather used.....however, you certainly won't be dissapointed by the looks or build quality of this lens.

I'll be buried with this lens.


 
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

ef_100_28_1_
Review Date: Sep 3, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: size, build, sharpness, and price
Cons:
none.

one heck of a deal at its price. sharp as sharp can be and it can be a great portrait lens as well. haven't really heard much about non-sharp copies either.

great lens that makes you think/look at the shot a whole lot differently


 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Jul 20, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: great range as a walkaround lens. covers a lot of focal lengths on a crop camera and is a perfect walkaround on the 5d
Cons:
could be a bit faster but the IS does help. only thing negative about this lens aside from that is that there are some bad reviews out there that made me doubtful about the purchase...until i got my copy.

you will find reviewers who don't like this lens and maybe they got a bad copy or it just can't fit their needs, but for me this lens is great. covers a lot of focal length on a crop camera...all you really need is a good ultra-wide with you and you can do almost all of your walkaround stuff pretty easily. on a 5d it makes this the nicest point and shoot in the world. lol. it is just a perfect walkaround lens on a 5d. the IS is nice but don't expect it to work miracles. there are certainly instances where I need a faster lens (indoor sports, moving subject, etc) but that's why god made primes...cheaper, lighter, and brighter.

this makes just a great travel lens.


 
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

EF10-22
Review Date: Jul 20, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: soooo fun and wide. works great for anything from landscapes to skateboarding. the 10mm side is distorted in a quasi-fisheye manner.
Cons:
the 10mm side is distorted in a quasi-fisheye manner.

such a fun lens. really gives you a fun perspective that you can get really creative with. the barrel distortion (or fisheye effect) can be both good and bad, depending on your style and your opinions....I personally LOVE it. the close focussing distance is amazing too. I reccomend this lens to anyone who needs a wide angle on a crop camera....worth every single penny. could be considered an L if the body was a little gnarlier.

If you don't believe me, look at forums that show off pictures taken with it.