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Canon EF 35mm f/2

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Review Date: Jan 18, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $225.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: relatively inexpensive, light, small, handy, "normal" view on a 1.6 crop DSLR
Cons:
AF wasp sound, cheap build

AF sound was a surprise, even though I read about it. Got some chuckles from some of my students, but no big deal. Nothing like USM.

The narrow depth of field needed some getting used to (never try to focus/recompose, and just press the shutter without pressing halfway and waiting). Just a little lean forward or backward will throw things out of focus.

AF ring spins freely when in AF mode. I wonder if all non-usm lenses are like this? I don't remember that when I owned a 50 1.8.

Very useful lens. Equivalent to about a 56mm on a crop sensor, so it is much more valuable to me than the 50 1.8 I had. I love using it indoors. I haven't really used it outdoors, though, but that's what my other lenses are for.

Some photography books recommend getting a 50mm (FF equivalent) lens to practice photgraphy with, and it has been an interesting experience doing this. Half as expensive as 28 1.8.


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Dec 25, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,600.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: balance, sharpness, IS, speed, L build, USM
Cons:
weight, price

This is a great lens, even wide open. I took several hundred pictures of my marching band in dimly lit football stadiums, and they cam out great. Very useful range-even on a 30D.

I will probably never sell this lens.


 
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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Review Date: Dec 25, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: L build, great range, IS, push-pull zoom
Cons:
Needs light

I had my first one stolen in October after having bought it used here on FredMiranda.com. I missed it so much that I bought another one. What a versatile lens! I'm planning on buying event-specific lenses later (85 1.8 for portraits and basketball, 30 1.4 for portraits and indoor low-light) but for now, I want versatility.

I was thinking about getting a 400 5.6 (cheaper, sharper wide open) but wanted to be able to zoom. Can't wait to take it to the zoo and for daylight soccer games. (My 70-200 2.8IS was king of the zoo until now).

So now I have a 24-105IS for walkaround, 70-200 2.8 IS for sports, portraits and nighttime marching band and the 100-400 for wildlife, portraits, zoo and daytime sports.

Don't hesitate to buy this lens!


 
Bogen/Manfrotto 3021 Tripod Legs

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Review Date: Apr 23, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $150.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: bulletproof, sturdy, versatile
Cons:
heavy

Excellent tripod. Highly recommended!

 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Apr 22, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,250.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Excellent range, IS is great, solid build, nice colors and contrast
Cons:
cost

Excellent lens! Replaced my kit lens when I purchased an XT and sold my 300D Kit. Love it!