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Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM

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Review Date: Jun 27, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,099.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Speed, Weight, Focal Length on an APS-C, IS, Bokeh, Saturation, Size
Cons:
Extendable Barrel, Not L Build Quality (But not the weight either - can't have both!), Cost, No Hood/Pouch

I guess it's best to explain how/why I got here, so here is my lens progression:

1. EF 17-85 f/4-5.6 IS - Too slow, and image quality was why I switched to a DSLR and I didn't feel this lens gave me much more IQ than a nice P&S. This lens did have nice range though.
2. Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 - Great IQ, fast, but I tired of the loud/slow focus and 28mm just isn't wide enough on an APS-C.
3. EF 24-70 f/2.8L - Great IQ, fast, excellent focusing, and just a great overall build. This lens was a treat to use, but as a walkaround it was just so big/heavy that I wanted to leave it at home.
4. 17-55 f/2.8 IS - Great IQ, fast, fast focus, lighter, and perfect focal length for a APS-C. This lens is the PERFECT walkaround for the APS-C. Oh, and can I say how nice it is to have IS so I can actually use a standard zoom indoors? Also, the saturation is better than the 24-70, but the bokeh on the two is just too close to call.

I wish the lens came with a hood, and the front element didn't protrude to allow dust to enter. I find the build quality is good enough for my needs, so no complaints there. In fact, I would rather have this lens with it's build quality than the extra weight, and cost, of the same lens with weather sealing and more solid construction. After the 17-55 arrived the 24-70L was sold immediately.

If I decide to go full frame one day, I <i>think</i> this lens will hold it's value enough that I can just trade back for a 24-70 (or equivalent) in the future.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Apr 18, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great bokeh, shallow DOF, weight, size.
Cons:
A bit slow focusing and not too sharp at f/1.4.

I love this lens - a definite must have in every camera bag. Beautiful bokeh, amazing DOF and great low light performance.

I knew the negatives going in, and love it. People say it is light and has a poor build quality, which I disagree with. Just because something is heavy doesn't make it durable - I design structures for a living.