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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

70-300_isusm
Review Date: Aug 25, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Price, Sharpness, Range
Cons:
Rotating front, not rugged as an L, extends quite a bit

Bought this lens for my 5D after reading numerous reviews.
I have to say I'm very pleased with this lens on the FF sensor.

Image quality is excellent and the AF is fast enough for general shooting. IS is very useful, if a little noisy.

Build quality is not up to L standard, but it doesn't feel cheap either. The only real issues I have are with the rotating front and the length of the lens when zoomed out.

However, for the money, it is a good buy. No regrets.

I wouldn't use it professionally at weddings etc because of the build and slightly slower AF than L lenses, but for general use it's ideal.

Recommended.


 
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

EF17-85
Review Date: Dec 30, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Good zoom range, Fast AF, IS
Cons:
CA, Not very sharp, Expensive, Significant Distortion at wide end

Got this lens as a kit with my 350D (XT) just over a month ago.

Overall I'm a bit disappointed with the image quality for the money. Just realised how inferior the quality is when I purchased an EF-S 60mm Macro lens today and rediscovered sharp images again.

It's not that sharp (but usable with tweaking in Photoshop) for a lens of this price. In fact I was beginning to believe that my 350D produced soft images as I'd heard many times. This is just a lens issue not the SLR as I know now.

There's a significant amount of CA throughout the zoom range and also a lot of distortion at the wide end (OK for creative uses I suppose) which requires post processing with CS2's lens correction filter.

The zoom range is good though and probably worth the expenditure if you want only one walkabout lens for an EF-S mount camera. It also looks good! The AF is fast also.

I've taken a good number of pictures now but still feel just a little short of satisfied with the overall image quality.

Overall it is a useful starter lens and its wide zoom range does appeal. The IS does work but only for 2 stops in my experience (unless I have shaky hands!).

Think carefully before purchase and try one out if you can. I still haven't decided whether I'm keeping mine or not.


 
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

efs60_28macro_usm
Review Date: Dec 30, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very Sharp, Compact, Quite Solid, F2.8, Good AF
Cons:
AF hunts in low light

Just bought this lens today and I have to say I am very, very pleased with it!

I own a 350D (XT) which I got as a kit with the EF-S 17-85 IS USM lens. After just over a months use I was beginning to believe that digital SLR's produced soft pictures. NOT any more!

The EF-S 60mm Macro is really sharp, produces nicely saturated images and opens up creative doors with its F2.8 aperture. Wish I'd had this lens from the start of my digital SLR adventure.

It does show that the lens is king when it comes to pictures. My EF-S 17-85 IS lens is nowhere near as sharp and is (in general) producing pictures inferior to an Olympus C8080 compact I previously owned.

If you want a macro lens then this is brilliant. Nothing else to say!