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Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye

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Review Date: Jul 4, 2010 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: sharp, sharp, sharp, sharp.
Cons:
barrel, barrel, barrel, barrel. Not so wide with x1.6 cameras. Can't use filters. Old design.

I use it exclusively with canon 5D. At F8 you cannot get any better sharpness with other lens. Period. Even nikkor legends are far from this one. VERY FAR! the close focus helps a lot with creative subjects. use DxO software for barrel correction and you get better results than the 8 times more expensive 14mm L lens. This one looks like a russian lens because of it's outdated inbond hood and it cannot be removed. Don't clean the front element, it looks too sensible and thin.

 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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Review Date: Jul 4, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Small ( comparing L zooms ). Cheap, sharp, collor, contrast.
Cons:
External zoom tube too long, Not weather sealed.

As soon as i got my hands on one of this ( not the DO version wich i hated ), i started leaving my 70-200L IS 2.8 at home! Why ?? the 70-300 IS USM weigths nothing comparing other wuality zooms and the results were very very identical ( in some cases the collor of this one beats the L ). The only thing i don't like is the size of it at 300mm but as they say, "there's no free lunch when your having fun". This one is allways on with my 40D wich makes it a 450mm with x1.6 crop and the IS is exactly the same and so efficient as the L models ! THIS IS A TRULY HIDDEN L LENS.

 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

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Review Date: Jul 4, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast, Sharp. Color, Contrast.
Cons:
Not weather sealed.

I had the F1.4 version and started comparing both in the field with no flash and in low ligth subject. Considering the 5 pentode flare comparing to the 7 blade flare of it's bigger sister F 1.4 there's no question about price difference. But hey... who needs 7 blade flare ghost instead of 5 ????
I sold my F1.4 and NEVER LOOKED BACK!!!


 
Canon EF 35mm f/2

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Review Date: Jul 4, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Small, fast, Sharp, quiet.
Cons:
Not too wide in x1.6. Not Weather sealed.

Bougth this for my canon 5D and... travel. Perfect on it. This two can make a real walk around dream kit. On my 5D it's wide enough for most of the indoor subjects with low ligth and NO FLASH because of it's F2.0 aperture. I have the "canons most sacred secret" EF 50 F1.8 wich i love and i was a bit ceptic about the quality difference of this 35 F2.0 but soon as i started comparing both i was surprised! It's even sharper at F4 than my 50 F1.8 !!
Well sharp is not everything as we all know but now this leaves me with a major problem: I no longer use my L lenses anymore! This prime unexpensive lenses are perfect for eveything ( 50 F1.8 and 35 F2.0 ). Just don't use it in the rain or in dust envirments because they're are not weather sealed.


 
Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye

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Review Date: May 11, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Spees, well built, wide
Cons:
big, heavy, lens cap

i use it in my bag all the time and grab it when i enter a large hall or cathedral for politic or religious photogrphy only for 15mm wide and i correct the barrel later in ptlens software. In the end and get better results than any other wide angle lens i have available for my work ( and i'm endorsed by local canon dealer wich let me use any lens i want! ). Get one in your bag too and wont regret.

 
Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8L

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Review Date: May 11, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $700.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Size, weight, collor, sharpness, speed, build.
Cons:
No support from cannon anymore

I use the so called "mythic lens" canon 16-35L for 6 years around the world until one day at london camden market i've found one of this "rare" canon 20-35 2.8L and honestly the basic thing that called me was it's reduced sized against the younger and pricy sister 16-35L.
I MUST SAY I NEVER USED THE 16-35L ANYMORE ON MY CANON EOS CAMERAS!
This canon 20-35 2.8L lens is really the "lux" of canon lens. Some people complain about the speed of a non-usm lens and in my humble opinion ( Brussels national geographic partner for 18years ) i must say there is no difference at all for the 99% of urban or landscpe photography. Considering a portrait lens i can do anything with this old lady and guess what... i just bougth another two from ebay for my own stock considering canon lo longer support any parts for this queen. Any how i never ( for more thar 4 years ) had a problem with none of them and at least one is constantly ON with my canon 40D and another one in my canon 5D. The wide 20mm in my 40D is good enough otherwise i call my imagination and the results are amazing. The 2.8 gives me the most perfect bokeh. Higly recommended... but leave me a few 'cos i want to get another one.