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

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Review Date: Dec 27, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: f/2.8; IS; build quality; color & contrast; sharp!
Cons:
None that won't fall in the category of nit picking... Well, the hood is a bit obtrusive. With the hood you are SEEN, without the hood you are not that visible.

I have no problem walking around with this lens. Many have complained that it is a bit heavy, but really now... One of the main things I like is that I can shoot at speeds as slow as 1/50 @ full zoom and still get SHARP pictures, the IS is that amazing. This is the only lens I own that does not need tweaking beyond USM in PS. There is a slight learning curve but once you spend enough time to learn this lens you will not be disappointed. Paired with the 1.4x Extender decent range can be achieved. A sturdy tripod is necessary if you want to use one. I do wish Canon would have made a smaller lens hood. The thing is just TOO big.

 
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro

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Review Date: Dec 27, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $210.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharp through all f-stops. Price.
Cons:
S-L-O-W, unpredictable and noisy AF.

I have used this lens for over a year and a half now for all applications (macro, still life, portraits) and I am happy with its versatility and image quality. Color, contrast and sharpness are all excellent. It's hard to beat the quality of this lens at any price range. At the negative end, this bad boy will HUNT for a focus point in anything but ideal lighting. Manual focusing does get some getting used to but once you have the hang of it excellent pictures await you.