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Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM

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Review Date: Nov 9, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Focuses fast in low light, easy to hand-hold, sharp.
Cons:
Too long in tight quarters.

This is a lot of bang for the buck. I have had this for about six months and I have used it for outdoor portraits of people and animals, to shoot an Elvis festival inside a cave of a facility and to shoot arena football. Needless to say, the F2 capability has come in exceptionally handy. And the best part is that I have typically walked away saying, "Wow, those shots came out nice." It's focuses quickly, even in low light, and I love the colors this lens produces. It's also quite light.

My only complaint -- and this isn't so much a complaint as it is an observation -- is that 100mm on a 1.6-crop camera can be a funky length indoors. I love this lens as a portrait lens -- F2 allows me to isolate my subject quite nicely -- but it's tough to use for indoor portraits. Often I can't put enough distance between myself and the subject. That's where a 50mm comes in handy.

Anyhow, I would highly recommend this lens for low-light shooting. It has not dissapointed me once.

Jeff
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