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Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 Distagon T*

21mm
Review Date: Jun 25, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent build quality, very low vignetting wide open, very low or no CA or color shift, beautiful contrast and color rendition.
Cons:
Mustache distortion (but can be fixed in Lightroom with the lens profile)

This is a picture perfect wide angle lens built in the same style as the old Zeiss Contax 21mm lens.

Besides the Zeiss typical mustache (waveform) distortion, which can be easily fixed in lightroom, this lens has no negative points for me. Even the manual focus is no problem, because with 21mm @f8 there is almost no need to focus at all anyway.


 
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

EF17-85
Review Date: Oct 15, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: wide range to medium zoom, IS, UMS, FTM
Cons:
at wide range not at its best: CA and other small problems, no hood

Probably the best walk around lense for any APC-S sized camer. Comes from wide to medium zoom, has IS and therefore ideal for low light situations. Which is a must with this lense because it has only f5.6 on the zoom end.
The UMS gives this camera very fast AF and it also has FTM, so you can half press the shutter and then change the focus.
It's not without flaws. At the wide end you have visible CA and also some barrel distortion. But, its not a show stopper.

I highly recommend that lense for every APC-S sized SLR camera owner.


 
Canon EF 35mm f/2

ef35mmf2_1_
Review Date: Oct 15, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: small, sharp, cheap but comes with hood and puch, f2
Cons:
very noisy AF, slow AF, sometimes AF hunts on low light or plain colors

I was searching for a prime with a low f number that I can use in low light without flash. I was first drawn to the 50mm f1.8 because it is so cheap, but as I use an APC-S sensor, 50mm was too much zoom for me so I was choosing between the 28mm f1.8 usm and this one.

As the 28mm was double the price and I really didn't need fast USM for the purpose I wanted the lense, I went with the cheaper 35mm.

Until now I am very happy. I can go in very close to subjects (~25cm) and with the low f number I can take some amazing shots. It's truly one amazing lense, even for some walk-arounds.

I highly recommend this lense, because its cheap, sharp and is definitly worth to have.