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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: Aug 28, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Light weight, 2.8 aperture, sharp, good color rendition, fast focusing, works great with the 1.4 teleconverter
Cons:

Great choice for Street Photography where long distances to the subject require a long(ish) lens. Also good if discretion is necessary.

Great price point for a lens of this quality. Of course like all primes, you'll need to do the zooming with your feet.

This is one of the first shots I took with the 200mm 2.8:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/radarbrat/5736802016/in/photostream


 
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS

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Review Date: Mar 2, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Great Price, Good Colors, Unexpectedly Sharp, IS works great
Cons:
Slow Focus, Noisy Focus Motor, Hunts in low light

I bought this when I purchased my Rebel T2i (550d). They were offering the base T2i kit with the 18-55mm IS plus the 55-250mm for $850 new.

I was planning on purchasing only the body, but after seeing the offer, plus all the great reviews here on Fred Miranda, I decided to go ahead and get both lenses with the body. First wise move I've made in quite a while.

This 55-250mm IS is an amazing value. It's very sharp and colors are good. I did not really expect it to be usable at the long end, but I was very wrong.

I shot the MotoGP in Indy this past August with the 55-250 'cause it's the longest lens I have. I ended up with a few usable shots (my percentage of good to bad was not good), but it is a very challenging shooting envioronment.

Here's a couple examples shot with the 55-250:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/radarbrat/4987720291/in/set-72157624826050131/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/radarbrat/5445110852/