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Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM

Review Date: May 15, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very good sharpness! Excellent contrast! It's weight and size is just about right
No hood A little CA Slow AF

I just bought this lense some time ago with an 100/2.8 macro ( I'm a collector Wink ). I didn't use it at all first, didnt even test it actually, until with my friend by mixing it up with the 28 1.8. I was amazed by the contrast and overall image quality ( despite the little amout of CA it has ). I really never have liked shooting color pictures, because of bad contrast ( 70-200 4L and 24-70 2.8 EX especially imo ), but this one is a real diamond.

About the build. Well ... It's as good as any other lense from canon, no need to brag about anything.

I do alot of street photography and this lense performs quite good. The slow AF limits getting great shots though ( I don't actually know if it focuses slow, but it seems like it doesn't really focus on the point i want it to? )

Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 EX Aspherical DG DF

Review Date: Feb 5, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: - Very sharp! - Great all around lense! - I like it being heavy, fits well with my 20D.
- For some peoople the weight could be an issue! - Zooming ring very hard to turn ( stiff ) - Fingers get stuck under the 20D flash ( Too close to the body ) - To change focusing mode, you have to turn a button and slide the zooming ring back and forth. - The focus mode button broke the plastic ring near to the body. ( Very hard to set it to other position ) - Noisy AF. Same kind of voice like from those cars you first pull backwards and then let go.

When i first got this lense, i was stunned by the weight. It is heavy for it's size, but when i've used this lense for 2 months, i like it much better than my canon L lense. Build quality is good, but some things just irritate me! Why do you have to make 2 things to change focusing mode? And why is the AF/M button placed so badly? It broke the plastic cover around the lower part of the lense.

I payed quite alot for this lense, but im just so satisfied that i would honestly recommend this lense to everyone wanting a superb all around lense!