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

Review Date: Dec 18, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $280.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: SHARP at 2.8...almost everything else
focus speed, noisy, zoom creep

I love this lens! It is on my 20d almost all the time. I can shoot at 2.8 all day and achieve excellent results. The only issue is the QC. I had one of these about a year ago and sold it to step up to the canon 28-70. The 28-70 is a fantastic lens, but I quickly found that the only real advantage to the canon was focus speed (and build quality). I think the tamron holds its own when it comes to sharpness. I purchased another tamron off of ebay and it was horrible. I wound up returning the lens to the owner and wondering if this would continues to be an issue. I wound up finding a member here at FM that had one for sale and jumped on it. This time it hit the mark as the results were as good as my first copy. I will not give this lens up this time as I have learned my lesson! The canon equivalent is a fantastic lens, but I am not a pro so I spent about a third and got comparable results. If you get a good copy you will be thrilled with it. Focus is not in the league of usm, but still fairly fast. The only other thing is the zoom creep....has zoom lock, but I never use it....I just put up with it. Best value for the money I.M.H.O.

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

Review Date: Oct 30, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $519.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Everything except the big hood
Nothing except the big hood

I have had a few L lenses. This is the best one I have had yet. Someday I hope to be able to afford a 135 2.0 also. I am sure I will be just as happy with that lens. I do miss the zoom of my 70-200 2.8, but not the weight. I LOVE THIS LENS.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

Review Date: Oct 30, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $130.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp Great Value
Loud focus motor

These seem to be getting harder to find. I have a love-hate relationship. I have had 3 and for some reason seem to think I don't use it enough to keep it. As soon as I sell it I want one again. Go figure? To bad some of the reviewers below rated the mark II instead of the mark I. This lens was rated very high until that happened. There is a completely different 50mm on the list if you look a little harder.....

Sigma 135-400 MM f/4.5-5.6 ASP AF APO

Review Date: Jul 20, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $325.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Pretty sharp all the way to 400mm....stopped down to 6.7
Zoom creep loud autofocus

I will say I am somewhat pleased with the performance of this lens. I found I pretty much only used it at the 400 mm setting and got very good results stopped down to f6.7. Great lens when you have the light to work with. Reccommended for someone on a budget.