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Tamron 28-75MM F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)

2875mm
Review Date: Nov 1, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $330.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: constant 2.8, sharp, decent Macro, build quality, contrast
Cons:
color rendition

The flexibility with what you get with this lens is almost unbeatable. 28-75mm all at constant 2.8 with great picture quality for $330? Come on!

I love the size of this lens, very compact and relatively light weight. This lens gives pleasing bokeh, so it's a good portrait lens as well. It's not that great for landscapes until you stop it down to about f/8 or more.

I took a group shot out doors @ 5.6 and the left side was a little fuzzy. f/8 and a tripod would probably have fixed that though.

My only gripe is the color rendition, it's pretty far off from canon's L lenses. I find myself adjusting the saturation a lot in post production because they're a little dull.

All in all, a great lens for the price. If you're on a budget but looking for a great lens, this one is worth a hard look.


 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

ef85mmf_18usm_1_
Review Date: Nov 1, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $306.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Price, build quality, 1.8 aperture, smooth bokeh, sharpness, contrast, 58mm filter size
Cons:
colors aren't "L"

The best portrait lens for the money. Though this costs considerably more than the 50 1.8, the focal length compression of the subject and much much more pleasing bokeh makes this a clearly superior portrait lens than the 50 1.8.

The build quality is excellent, very solid build. The AF is very very fast, and focuses surprisingly well in low light settings. There is a LOT of glass in this baby!

This lens is also very very sharp, especially at 2.2 and above. I only wish the colors were a little more vibrant and closer to the 85 1.2L's. But for the money, this is very hard to beat.

Highly recommended as a portrait lens.


 
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

ef17-40_4l_1_
Review Date: Nov 1, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $544.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: L glass, sharp, vibrant colors, contrast, build quality
Cons:
price

Really sharp glass even wide open at f/4. The build quality is superb, the colors are dead on and rendered very vibrant. Not much post processing is required with this lens.

Though it is quite spendy for a f/4, this lens wasn't intended for portraits or low light anyway. This is more of a landscape lens, and it does a hell of a job at it. I'm still amazed at the level of detail this baby produced on my XT. I'm definitely keeping this one when I go FF in the future.

Surprisingly, this lens is also a decent performer at ISO 1600 @ f/4. The noise was surprisingly low, and the color noise wasn't all over the place. It was very controlled.