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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Aug 31, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,139.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build, Range, F2.8, Sharpness/Contrast/Color, The hood covers the lens when it's zooming in..
Cons:
Heavy, No IS (both I can live with)

Finally ordered this beast through BH, arrived yesterday after a week of shipping/delivery...

in short.. I can fully understand why it is more than double than my 28-135mm is usm..

Before I even mount it on my 5D, I knew it was going to be a great lens but once I took test shots and reviewed it on my monitor, I was just blown away with its sharpness, and contrast. Color was also unbelievably good...

Aside from the absense of IS and its weight, I can't even think of anymore cons.

Now when I save enough for 16-35mm f2.8 usm, and 70-200mm f2.8 is usm, I'll be done completing my collection.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Review Date: Nov 10, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Very cheap, DOF, sharp, works great in low light situation
Cons:
Build is plastic, Focusing is very loud

It's been a while since I've used a prime lens (I usually use a Nikon 50mm 1.4, but got this one for AF when I don't want to use MF), and I just bought this yesterday. Honestly, I'm falling in love with prime lens all over again. Yes, zoom lens are convenient, but heck, prime lens is cheaper and the quality of the image is A LOT better, especially when you're shooting in the dark, or low light situations.

Depth of field is another reason why I went with a prime lens, it gave me that awesome blurry background effect I lost once I switched over to using zoom lens.

Apparently the price dropped, I bought it from Henrys in Canada and It's only listing at $119.00 before tax.

This is definitely a great lens for its price. However, I also noticed something that's somewhat bothering, the build quality is really not the best Canon can offer, manual focusing at the front of the lens imo is not very good, and this thing is quite louder than I expected. (even after I read all the reviews.) But.. you get what you paid.

So far it's been a day and I'm loving this already, perhaps this one will stay in my camera bag for a very long time.


 
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

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Review Date: Aug 22, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: cheap, good range, light.
Cons:
aperture, feels like a toy

This thing feels like a toy, the lens is light.. maybe way too light, the zoom doesn't feel smooth, it's slow.

Unless you're shooting on a bright sunny day, then you might as well as forget it.

But for its price, you can't complain.

If you can get it used, it's not a bad lens for beginners and if you have never tried any other somewhat decent lens.