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Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

Review Date: Mar 18, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Price/Performance winner of the focal range. f/2.8 constant makes it very usable in all conditions. Excellent sharpness and contrast. If you like warm(er) looking images, this is the lens for you.
Af could be a little better in low light. 28-75 on a crop cam makes this a lens you need room to work with. You will need a wide(er) lens in your bag.

When I first got into this, I went out and bought a bunch of primes (Sigma 20, Canon 35 & 50).

Sold them all and got the Tamron and have not looked back.

Every time I think about "upgrading" to say a Canon 24-70L, I just go back and look at what comes out of my camera (20D) with this lens and keep my money.

If you are looking for a fast (2.8) zoom in this range, you can not go wrong with the Tamron.

Just added the Tamron 17-35 to my kit and loving these lenses.

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Mar 18, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Light. Sharp. Fast Focus in good light. Great color & Contrast. Post processing's a breeze in PS. f/5.6 - f/8 is sweet spot.
Focus is slow when light levels drop. EF-S was supposed to be cheaper to make but they get the same $$ for this lens as the 100mm.

After using a 70-200F4L with 500D closeup lens, I was tired of lugging around such an awkward rig and was itching to try a real macro.

What a difference. A real pleasure to use. Focus snappy in good light and OMG, is it sharp. As good as the best zooms are, this is better.

It does hunt a bit in low light - if you are using as a portait lens (reccomended if she has good skin or you have good photoshop abilities - it's THAT sharp) make sure you have some light on your subject as well as your strobes - not reccomended for say, a nightclub shoot. You'll just irritate people waiting for the photographer to take the picture.

I sold my 50mm 1.4 and got this to fill in for low light prime work and have not been dissapointed.