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Canon EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II USM

Review Date: May 9, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Cost, size, weight, USM, FTM, hood, IQ. Telephoto reach.
zoom creep, wide end range limited.

Highly recommended, especially as a walk-around when paired with a 10-22 zoom. Dont usually notice the gap from 22-28 that badly. (Can always get a 24/2.8 prime I guess.)
Its light, fast and accurate USM, almost silent, does not hunt like some other consumer lenses. It is also compact, relatively lightweight and well balanced in size with a 350D rebel. Speed of f3.5-4.5 is fast enough for a daylight walkaround zoom (if you are inside probably need something wider and faster - better go with a 24/2.8 prime?). So far have been impressed with colour, saturation, constrast.
Hood is a must have - one of the best around - not too big, strong and protective, fits perfectly over the lens body when reversed for storage - obvious improvement in most daylight shots. Very quick to snap/twist on/off the bayonet.
FTM is a major bonus, and zoom ring has loosened with use over a few months. Now creeps slightly if walking around unbagged, but not a problem. General build quality is good considering the price. Only minus is the triple barrel which collects dust if not cleaned.
Macro range 1:5 is also a big plus. With extension tubes it has a really useful range. Close focus distance is very good for a focal length of 105mm.
Does not seem noticeably unsharp even wide open. From the numerous reviews it would seem that perhaps the build quality variation is greater than with some other lenses. If you are not happy send it back or exchange for another copy.
In the end its useful, robust and affordable. A very good upgrade from the 18-55 kit. A "take anywhere" lens that can be replaced if worn out, lost, or stolen. Take it places that I just would not risk my 10-22 or expensive kit.

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Jan 22, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Superbly sharp, weight, build quality, silent USM, FTM, 52mm filters, portraiture, versatility
expensive (but still good value), otherwise none!

The ultimate hand-held macro tool; short enough to use either built-in flash or (better still) my 430EX to give f/16 or higher depth-of-field. Captured winter flowers outdoors on a dull day in high wind with no problems (350D can shoot 1/200th flash sync with AE priority).
If you have problems on the 350D/XT Rebel try custom fct 4 set to * for focussing and 1/2 shutter for exposure lock. AF is problematic sometimes from far distance to macro but focus ring does not turn too far and MF can be achieved very quickly with no need for a focusing screen (not possible on the 350D).
Build quality, versatility (portrait, walk-around, macro) and ring USM/FTM are all big attractions. 52mm filter size makes for affordable extras. 67mm hood is hard to find! Can use also the ET-67 from 100mm f/2 macro.
So sharp can easily use as substitute for longer telephoto and crop down in Photoshop.