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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Oct 29, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Clarity/Build/and the Price!
It's not a negative but the only downside to this is it is not weather sealed unlike the other L series.

Fast Auto Focus, build quality, light weight, the contrast, and excellent clarity.

The bokeh is very nice and smooth. Perfect for portraits or other product shots that needs blurring b.g.for creativity.

USM autofocus on this lens is fast, though not the fastest.
F/4 fast enough for outdoor sports.

A great feature is that everything zooms and focuses internally. Nothing extends or rotates, so there is no dust or moist sucked in and there's no zoom creep.

So if you are in the market for a 70-200 and if you can live with F/4, this lens is as go getter. There's nothing better in its class except the IS version, which is twice the price .

Tamron 70-300MM F/4-5.6 LD Macro AF

Review Date: Dec 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $189.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: produces super sharp images!!! great value for ti's price.
hunts in low light situations when using AF. (use the manual mode and you'll eliminate those problems like the AF noise)

This lens is a super performer. I'm a solid canon lens fanatic. i only used canon brands lens like 24mm, 50 f1.8, 28-105mm and 17-40L. i recently bought a 70-210mm fo my long range use until i tried this tamrom 70-300mm LD out of curiosity after reading a lot of reviews (and after i spoke with one of my PRO advertising photoghrapher friend)

The Tamron 70-300 really outperforms it's counterparts like the EF75-300mm, 100-300mm with or without USM, and the IS version. It actaually almost equalled the 70-210mm that i have in terms of optics but not in speed which the tamron is lacking, but using the manual mode it can compete head to head with the best lens out there. What really inspire me to write a review about this lens is after i saw the results taken from this lens. Before, honestly i don't go with third party lens.

This tamron is also sharp when used on macro, with slight softness at 300mm but acceptable ( but use a CABLE remote button you'll produce a super sharp image even in 300mm.)

It's an excellent third party lens, and as stated, outperforms brand lenses 2-5 times the price. I'll adopt this lens, canon now has a new found brother!!!

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Nov 29, 2005 Recommend? | Price paid: $84.00

Pros: Canons cheapest lens on a small frame. "A shooter and a point guard i should say"
none...for it's price!!!

Optical quality is superb...super sharp.
Good for portraits or street shooting.
Good in low light situations where you don't want to use a flash (indoor)

For me there's no problem with the plastic build and the plastic mount. (i don't understand others complaining about the construction it's just perfect for it's weight and for its price, well correct me if i'm wrong, i read it that its using a hard plastic material similar to keblar. It is well built... i had my first 50mm mkll for almost 4 years until i gave it to my friend 2 days ago. it looks new ( well used but not abused) and performs perfectly the same the first day it came out of the box.

I'll probably get a new one and it will be a sparing bud with my 24-70 L, again!

HIGHLY Recommended!!

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Nov 28, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $76.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Canon's cheapest lens, a great glass in a small body! Optical quality is as sharp as you can get, with great contrast and color saturation. F/1.8 is great! AF is a bit noisy and but tolerable, body is completely made of plastic which is a no problem to me (my concerns are the quality of producing sharp outputs). Large aperture is at it's best when working with lower light, and when taking Portraits. It is fantastic value for money. and if your not yet satisfied with it? go with the big brother F1.4
nothing for it's price!!!