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Tokina 17mm f/3.5 AT-X 17 AF PRO

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Review Date: Apr 16, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Extremely sharp and flare resistant, good build quality, excellent value for money
Cons:
Goofy clutch AF system, junky hood

If you want a 17mm lens for a good price I could not recommend this lens enough.

 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Review Date: Apr 16, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: Cheap...
Cons:
Not much else

I got this lens in the hopes of getting a good prime for my money. I was dead wrong. This lens is SOFT. There is no other way to say it. Its about as sharp as my EF-S 18-55 lens by F8, but softer at wider apetures. Get a kit zoom instead of this lens, its more versatile and this lens is uselessly soft at it's wide open apetures. As for me, I got a Nikon F mount to EOS adaptor and now just use my 50mm F1.2 Nikkor on my 300D instead of this pile of junk.

 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Apr 16, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, Contrasty, handles flare well for a zoom
Cons:
Weight, stiff zoom ring needs time to be worked in, you will never want to see any other lens again, expensive

This lens is simply amazing. I cannot say it has one fault. It is built like a tank and is sharp as hell. It blows away my 50mm F1.8 MkII and 24-85 F3.5-4.5 USM in all areas. Forget building a prime lens collection, this is the only lens you will ever need in this range. Get this and a 70-200 F2.8 IS or 100-400 IS and you will be in photographic heaven.