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Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD SP

Review Date: Feb 5, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,150.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: price,weight,VC

Very sturdy build quality and not too heavy (lighter than the Nikon), effective vibration control and quick auto focus.
I've been reticent about getting 3rd party lenses and I still am, but I took a chance on this and do not regret it. Kudos to Tamron for making this lens.

Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye

Review Date: Nov 7, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fun lens, sharp images
Cap, great care needed for front element, no pouch

Contemplated this and the Sigma 15mm f2.8 EX Diagonal Fisheye. I even posted this dilemma on FM. From the answers I got, the Sigma won so I ordered that one. But at my shop, the Sigma was out of stock. They offered the Canon at a bit of a reduced price so I bought it. I am very happy with it.

You have to be really careful with the front element as it is unprotected (no filters) and the cap is not very secure on it
but otherwise the IQ is great, it focuses quickly and it is a fun lens to work with.

Highly recommended!

Lowepro Mini Trekker AW

Review Date: Sep 3, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Can contain a lot of kit safely, Comfortable to carry, unobtrusive
Straps not detachable (mostly), weather resistant (not proof)

The most comfortable bag I've had. You can change the size of the pockets easily and it can hold a camera , grip, proper flash 4 lenses (or 3 if one is big) and assorted cables, batteries, cards, etc. Has an outer attachment for a tripod as well. After trying several bags over the years I locked into this one. I especially like the fact that when you're travelling with this people assume it's a regular rucksack because ity does not look like a camera bag. LowePro in general are quite good quality and this is no exception.
If you do go out on many mini excursions it can be a bit too much. I would recommend a smaller bag for those (slingshot size)
All in all very pleased with this.

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Aug 9, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $675.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Light, very sharp, 77mm filter
Absolutely none

Brilliant lens. Very reliable, sharp in the corners wide open even with a filter. Not a lens to contemplate too much about getting (not that there are too many options for a crop camera). If you are looking for a wide angle lens for a crop camera this is it.

Tokina 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 AF 193

Review Date: Jun 27, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $130.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Built well, sharp, price well worth it
No cons

I needed a wide lens and was looking at the 17-40L but that was way too expensive. I then saw this on Ebay and took a chance on it. Absolutely worth every penny. Built well and gave great results.
I've recently upgraded and sold this one but I too have some regrets.