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Canon EF 24mm f/2.8

Review Date: Jul 12, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: Sharp, small, fast focus, internal focus, f2.8 better than cheap zooms
Focus piont shifts at low apperture settings 3.2-7causing soft focussing in some situations

This is a sharp lens and I purchased it because I disliked the colour and CA's of my cheap sigma 18-50. I have a 50mm 1.8 mark I that I love and wished all canon primes were like this. I can say they are not. This lens produces good results but is not as easy to use or as reliable as the 50mm. I alike fast appertures and needed a wide for my canon croped body.
First thing this is sharp no matter what people say, get it to infinity focus and you have a great lens, get it to any distance close at f2.8 and its still very impressive, at 2.8 I love this lens and I use it at that apperture for many shots. But at close ranges at different apperture settings the focus piont seems to shift causing soft shots, you can compenate by focussing nearer than usual thus focus on nose to get eyes in focus but it is annoying. By f8 everything seems to be fine and focussing predictable.

I cansider this a lens you have to know and work around it weaknesses
If you do this and are smart enough with it it will perform well, sharp and cheap for the results you get. I've tried epensive L zooms and wasn' ovely imporessed this does the job very well

If you don't do this the lens will often dissapiont. and you will get upset with it. Flare can be an issue so use a hood

Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM

Review Date: Jul 8, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Razor sharp images, wide apperture, fast focus
CA's in extreme light,

Fantastic sharpness in film and digital, does what it was designed for, performance in low light is amazing even wide open it give good sharpness and focus performs in very low light. As good as my 50mm f1.8I in terms of sharpness but delivers much more pleasent portraits due to flattening of perspective. Amazing I love it, well worth the price I paid