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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Dec 2, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,700.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: fast (both Motor and F2,8) very usable for portrait shooting in alternating shooting conditions. Heaviness feels good :)
Cons:
can get a little heavy after a whole while. IS is very nice, but in some situations too slow(!)

Bought this baby a few weeks ago and was very pleased right from the start. The colour (both lens&images =) ), the fast AF, the nice bokeh and the IS. Oh i'm so glad for this feature with my achy-shaky-hands Smile

But there is one thing wrong with the IS: You have to wait half a second before you can release the shutter. If you dont wait (like i did a couple of times) and you have a slow shutterspeed of about 1/40th of a second the following might happen:

i aimed at the nose of my cat, half-pressed the button to focus and to activate the gyrosensores for shake-detecting. I then moved away from the face (to get it out of the center) ... pushed the button ... and got a blurry picture.

The reason for this is the IS Lens element that has to move along all the way you move when you chose another framing. If you are faster than the IS can "move along" with your movement, the IS-Element will still be in motion while the picture is being taken, thus causing "movement blur" (if i may call it that way Smile )

So, i think that i have to relearn my techniques and do it like ... focus - move - wait - wait - shoot.

personally, i don't believe that there are no such problems with other Image Stabilizing procedures like the nikon VR or the sigma OS. No one speaks of it, of course, but i thought that it had to be mentioned Wink (please dont kill me, my friends and my family, mighty canon - nikon and/or sigma corp. :D)


 
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

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Review Date: Sep 26, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 2 

Pros: cost, weight, ...
Cons:
see below

i just sold my Mark III of this lens on ebay for 50 less than i bought it a year and a half ago. when i bought it i wasn't really aware of sharpness, CA and so on - so i chose this one over the sigma 70-200 1:2,8, which cost more than 3 times as much as the canon 75-300.

well, what should i tell, it was fun using it on our school visit to rome. But when i started to compare the pictures from back then with the ones i now take with the 50mm prime i started to think about getting something better for the teleshots. The pictures were somewhat soft - wide open as stopped down - and the CA was horrible. Even with the "cropping" of the 300D the edges of the pictures were filled with green and violet colour - even at low contrast lines e.g. between a light-brown hand and the beach.

for the price i paid, the quality was ok - no arguing here, but i needed more than that, so i took the lens, bought a place for it in the bay and guess what - the guy who bought it is extremely happy with the lens Smile but he is shooting with an analog eos50, a camera the 75-300 was made for, i think.

ok - enough of the bad stuff because yes, there are some pro points i want to mention Smile

at the last day of the trip to rome, i put the lens on my knee while i was changing lenses. someone ran into me and the lens fell down - approx. 40cm on stone. nothing happend Smile it was as good as new. not even the slightest mark and the picture quality was the same as before (couldnt get much worse, though). You'd be happy to know that Smile

the second point is that the usm-autofocus-motor is doing its job very very fine. not too lout, not too slow - just right for everyday use.

so, if you dont need to take premium sharp and high quality pictures, you can safe the money between this one and the sigma/canon 2,8ers


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

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Review Date: Dec 29, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: durabilty, all the other stuff that was already mentioned
Cons:
none

i'm jusing the MK I my mother bought when i was about a year old - that was in 1986! it has been all over the world and now it's on my 300D/20D.

it was and it still is great, nothing more i have to say Smile never heard my mom complaining - and neither will i!

buy it, you won't regret it!