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Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Apr 3, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast focus, ring USM, good build quality, L-like aspherical and super UD elements, true wide angle for 20D, 30D and Rebel owners
EF-S so I cant mount it on my girlfriends Elan 7n, but thats minor.

Just added this lens to my kit to fill the gap that my EF 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 was missing on the 1.6 body. I took it out as soon as I got it because I have read reports of bad copies coming off the production line, and I was not disappointed. Colour, contrast, and sharpness are all excellent on my copy in my crude tests. The only problem I have noticed is when viewing the images at 100%, you get a really noticeable pixelation effect. I have read though thats because imaging sensors have a hard time resolving detail when details get down to the 1-2 pixel range

Focusing is REALLY fast and accurate thanks to ring USM and a short infinity focus point. Distortion is well controlled but is easy to get at 10mm if want it. I have notices a little vignetting at 10mm, but it disappears at longer focal lengths.

Overall this is an awesome lens for a 1.6 body. The build quality may not be L quality, but its a definite step up from my EF 28-105 II, or my EF 100-300, but it better be for costing many times more than either of those lenses. A lot of people make comparisons with the 17-40L or the 16-35L, but when you mount them on a 1.6 body, you get something around 28mm equivalent - not even in the same class. I am not disappointed in the least.


Canon EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II USM

Review Date: Dec 27, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: light weight, fast USM, FTM, quiet, sharp, contrasty

This was my first lens. I bought it to go along with an EOS Elan 7n, from Henry's in Toronto Ontario. I found it to be the perfect lens for that camera and for my requirements. The first day I had it, I shot a roll around Toronto on Velvia 200. The pictures were spectacular. Amazing colour, contrast, and sharpness. I moved up to an EOS 20D in July and decided to save $100 and not get the EF-S 18-55 kit lens. I couldnt afford the kit with the EF-S 17-85 IS (university student on a budget). So, I kept the 28-105 II and found it to perform very well, even though it wasnt as wide as I wanted (~44-168mm on a 1.6 crop body). So far it has been on a week long camping trip, and on that trip it performed well above my expectations.

The ring USM is amazing, its speed blows my girlfriends Sigma 28-70 f/2.8 (not the HSM model) away. I love FTM, and I love that its so quiet. The optical quality is better than the Sigma based on some crude tests that I conducted.

I find it a little less useful for me now, but I cant afford the 17-40 L that I dream about (let alone the 16-35 L, or even EF-S 10-22). That doesnt bother me though, because the images produced still make me smile, and I make do with the FOV limitations.

Ive just added an EF 100-300 f/4.5-5.6 to my kit and am excited about that (160-480mm!).

This lens is my workhorse, and it is always mounted on my 20D. I havent tried the 24-105 L IS yet, but its going to have to be pretty spectacular to get me to give up what Ive got.

Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM

Review Date: Dec 27, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Cost, Ring type USM, good weight, feels pretty solidly built
A little soft but expected at this price point, zoom ring is a little wobbly

I just got seriously into photography in February of 2005, before that just playing around with P&S cameras. This is my first telephoto lens, and I thought it would make a good companion to my 28-105 II.

It is a little soft when looking at 100% crops, but this isnt really obvious when looking at full size images. Im using a 20D, and the images so far have been quite good. Its not L quality, but thats not what I was expecting either. The focusing is a little slow compared to my 28-105, but still wonderful for my needs. And its quiet which is really nice. My girlfriend has a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG, and it makes a godaweful racket when it focuses. I havent experienced the zoom creep problem yet, but that could be because mine is just out of the box.

Overall, its perfect for my current needs as a beginner, but I anticipate moving up in the not too distant future. Im already starting to think about which lenses are in my future....