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Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Mar 19, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: It's fast, it's sharp, it's solid and it focusses fast and reliable.
Cons:
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I got this lens to use as a 'normal' lens on my 20D and i cant find anything to fault it!
Reports about it lacking in sharpness must be from brick wall shooting pixel peepers because in my opinion it is plenty sharp wide open and stopped down i think it exceeds the sensors capabilities.
Color and contrast are great, build quality excellent and the best thing is that it focuses fast and reliable even when the light is dim enough to have to use it wide open at ISO3200!
Go and get one, you won't regret it!


 
Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

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Review Date: Aug 13, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: USM, Compact & Light, Good value for money
Cons:
unsharp at 24mm

I bought this lens as a walkaround/daytime/daylight lens for my Canon 20d.

For the price it performs well. Mind you, you have to live with the fact that at its max and min focusing distance it gets a little unsharp, at 24 more than at 85mm.
The corners at 24 and wide open are only good enough for a 4x6 print for the holiday album.
From 28mm on things improve a lot, especially when you stop down a little.
Contrast and colors are fine (always use a hood). Focusing is fast and silent with the USM.

So, when you keep in mind it's limitations this is a good little lens for the price!

I am saving for the 24-70L mind you...