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Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS

Review Date: Oct 31, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: IS, Image Quality, Build
Camera Hood Not Included, Size

I had the original 35 2.0 for years. It was one of my favorites lens. On short trips, I often only take my 5D3, the 85 1.8, 35 2.0 and flash. All in a small Lowepro bag that has a flap over the top, but does not zip or close completely. On a trip, I had put the bag in the airplane overhead bin. When we arrived at our hotel, I found the 35 2.0 was missing. Apparently it had fallen out in the overhead bin. I tried to track it down with the airline with no luck. So, one of the main things I loved about the original 35 2.0, the size, was the reason I lost it.

On the positive side, it gave me an excuse to buy the 35 2.0 IS. The first thing that struck me when I received it was how much larger it is than the original 35 2.0. In everyday shooting, there may be a marginal increase in image quality. The IS is nice. Overall, I am very happy with the lens, but, I was also very happy with the old one.

I still often travel with just the 35 and 85 using the same Lowepro bag. With the larger size of the new 35, I am not afraid of it falling out of the bag. It is a very nice lens, a bit pricey in my opinion.

Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Oct 11, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Good walk around lens. Not expensive. Good zoom range. Great snap shot lens and a good studio lens.
Color and contrast not as good as more expensive lens, but can be fixed in post processing.

I have owned this lens since 2003 when I purchased it with the Canon 10D. I have also used with the 5D and now with the 5D MK II. This is a nice lens to use for snapshots at the kids birthday parties or when shooting in the studio at F8. For the most part, this is a two stop lens for me either F5.6 or F8. It does a fine job at these F stops. If I want something more wide open, I use a prime. The color/contrast is not as good as the primes and it is not as sharp. But, I have found these issues pretty easy to correct in post processing. I have thought about purchasing the 24-105L, but prefer using a prime when I want more than a snapshot. I highly recommend this lens, but, you have to set your expectations accordingly.