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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Mar 24, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Fast and silent autofocus. IS works. F2.8.
Cons:
Soft images. Heavy. Expensive.

I have to say that I am disapointed with the soft images I get from this lens on my 5D Mark II.

Compared to my 85 1.8, 50 1.8, and 24-105, this has the softest images by far at all apertures.

Maybe I got a bad copy, but for $1600 it should be great right out of the box.

I'm going to return this to Amazon and ask for a different copy.




 
Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Review Date: Mar 8, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Resolution. Build quality. Full frame.
Cons:
Autofocus should have been improved and is slow. Not great for sports. Cannot access custom flash functions in camera for the older 580 EX flash. No pop up flash. Should have continuous autofocus for video.

Great camera and a real step up for most users.
Amazing low light pictures.

Resolution and picture quality are fantastic.

However, the auto focus is really lagging behind the competitors (nikon).

Video mode on this camera is not for the casual user and the lack of continuous autofocus is a killer when you want to film your kids who move all over the place. Newer SLR's coming out will surely have this enabled.

Lack of pop up flash is disappointing for those times you need a quick fill flash or don't want to carry around a giant external flash.

I'm sure the next gen of 5D will address these issues.



 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Sep 25, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $320.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Fast, good price, fast focus, light
Cons:
purple fringing, contrast suffers when wide open

This lens is excellent for portraits and low light situations.
Focus speed is fast and tracking moving subjects is easily done.

Contrast seems a bit poor at f1.8 and purple fringing is obvious in high contrast situations.

The hood is cheaply constructed and could fit more snugly.

This lens and the 50mm 1.8 are very close in range but the 85mm f1.8 is a much better performer in focus speed and bokeh.

Overall, a very good lens for the money.


 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

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Review Date: Apr 11, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $365.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: f2.8, low price, good build quality
Cons:
autofocus hunts in low light, not Canon, not wide enough on 1.6x crop cameras

I bought this lens due to all the great reviews on this website and others to replace my kit lens.

The f2.8 is useful with decent bokeh but 28mm wasn't wide enough for a general walk around lens for my digital Rebel XT.

f2.8 is definitely faster but not fast enough in low light indoor situations at ISO 100 or 200 to avoid camera shake (for me anyways). I know people shoot at ISO 800-1600 but it's too noisy for me.

In low light, the lens had trouble autofocusing and would continously "hunt."

Images taken outdoors seemed sharp and contrasty.

Returned it to the store and eagerly await the reviews on the new 17-55mm f2.8 IS from canon.