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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Nov 14, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $280.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: fast, sharp, light, nice bokeh, nice color
Cons:
not much..

Got this second-hand with still 1 year waranty. I needed a fast indoor potrait lens for my kids, so this lens fit the bill.

The fast apperture allow me to shoot at f2.0, and even 1.8 & 1.4 if I really need to go to that. Sharpness is good, color is good, eventhough it's not on par with my 200 f2.8L, it's good enough for me, in general on par or slightly better then Tamron 28-75 f2.8 that I have.

Autofocus is not as fast as the L, but better then Tamron. Build quality is good enough for me. I owned the 50mm 1.8 before, so this definitely feel more solid then the 1.8.

Focal length is actually very suitable for indoor potrait with the 1.6x factor.


 
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: Sep 25, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast AF, Light weight, f2.8, solid construction, sharp, great color, silent USM AF
Cons:
None zoom, none IS

Bought this second hand last week, and manage to do some shooting this weekend. Based on 2 days of hands on, I am really please with this lens. The lens balances very well on my D60. This is my first L lens, and the construction feel, fast AF and sharp optics really impressed me.

I currently owns a Tamron 28-75 f2.8, which is also an optically excellence lens, but the 200 f2.8 is definitely one class above it. The Tamron 28-75 f2.8 focusing motor is so noisy beside the 200 f2.8 USM. The fast focusing on the 200 f2.8 also helps to compensate the slower focusing capability on D60. I would imagine it will work even better on the newer DSLR with improved AF.

I also own a cheapo Tamron 70-300 zoom. When compare to the side by side image between the two, I was shocked at the vast difference in the sharpness & color accuracy difference, so much so I doubt I will ever use the 70-300mm anymore.

The 200 f2.8 also works well with 2x multiplier, with reasonable image quality and fast AF. That gives me the flexibility to have a 200x1.6 = 320mm and 200x2x1.6 = 640mm equivalent reach on my D60.

I had to put in fix focal length and none IS as a downside, as I were more used to the convenience of zoom. However, being a prime, it also contribute to the great price to optic ratios, as well as the light weight and size as compare to 70-200 IS f2.8.


 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

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Review Date: Jan 19, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $381.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Good build quality, good balance on my D60, awsome colour and sharpness
Cons:
None

I needed to get a new lens to replace my Canon 28-105. And after reviewing through the various forum, this lens came up top in my list. And the moment I lay my hand on it, the build quality is so much higher then the equivalent priced 28-105 from Canon. And for that price, you get a fast 2.8 lens !

After shooting some family photos for a week plus, it continue to amaze me in term of it's sharpness (edge to edge), even at 2.8 it's very usable. The wide aperture also means that I can shoot indoor without flash in a lot of the time.