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Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

28-75mm
Review Date: Feb 1, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: sharp, f/2.8 at all range, affordable
Cons:
focus hunts on low light

Sharp and very acceptable result even at f/2.8 . Most of Canon L lens owner for the similar range wouldn't agree with me but I have tried myself and the quality is comparable!

Combined with my Canon 20D, it is a best pair for indoor shooting without flash. Many of my friends who are on Nikon also have this lens and happy with it.


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

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Review Date: Feb 1, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Long range, dual IS (vertical & horizontal), value for money, compact
Cons:
dark at f/5.6 , push pull zoom inconvenience

My first L lens, finally I bought second hand from a good friend after trying it for months Smile

Excellent build quality. Very good for shooting surfers, birds, even portrait.

Not very good for shooting in low light but my EOS 20D's ISO1600-3200 save the night. Here's some sample from last year Chingay festival in Singapore -> http://www.pbase.com/judhi/chingay_2005


 
Sigma 18-125mm F3.5-5.6 DC

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Review Date: Feb 9, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: lightweight, wide zoom range
Cons:
suffer of flare problem

I travel a lot but not as a professional photographer so I have only little space for my photo gears.

This lens give me an ideal zoom range for most challenging situation. The 18mm focal for my EOS 20D works nearly as 29mm in normal SLR. Not very wide but good enough for group photo of seminar attendess to landscape and cityscape. Too bad that I always have to put the lens hood on to prevent flare.

At 125mm it works as if I use 200mm lens! That's great for photographing architectural details of old buildings, candid shots of people or shooting birds on a wire.

In bright daylight photos, I can see some vigneting on the corners.

Picture quality is OK but not amazing. Color a bit washed out and sharpness is not great. Those are fixable with PhotoShop though.

For the price I paid, this lens give a just nice value.


 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Feb 9, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharp, budget friendly
Cons:
Crop too tight for DSLR with APS-C sensor size. Minimum distance of 85cm is too far.

Just as the 50mm f/1.8 this lens provide you great sharpness at longer focal length.

Composition might be too tight for DSLR with 1.6x cropping factor (APS-C) and the minimum distance on 85mm is too far for most macro photography situation.

Recommended for SLR user but not DSLR with APS-C size sensor.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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

 
Pros: Sharp, light, cheap.
Cons:
less saturated color

A must have for SLR/DSLR user, unless you have extra budget for 50mm f/1.4 which cost 4 times of this glass.

Color photo might not be as good as the 50mm f/1.4 but the sharpness I get is incredible. Very good for BW photo with my 20D.