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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Apr 3, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,350.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, very good contrast, excellent close focus.
Cons:
Size is a bit awkward.

I got this lens primarily to use in the studio with portraits so I wouldnít have to change lenses so often on my D30. I also find myself using this lens for other types of shooting as well. Iím very impressed with its fast auto focus and smooth zooming. Itís almost as sharp as my primes and to tell you the truth in the real world I canít really tell the difference between them.

The size of this lens (fat and heavy) makes it kind of awkward in some shooting situations, but for the most part I think itís just me getting used to using this lens instead of my smaller primes.

What really surprised me is the excellent close-up ability of this lens. While it will never replace a macro lens, I certainly wouldnít hesitate in using this lens for a majority of my general close-up work.


 
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Apr 3, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Fairly sharp, handles OK, fast aperture.
Cons:
Sometimes "soft" at the edges.

When I used this lens on my EOS film camera, I always thought it was just a little soft in the corners. Now that I use it on a D30 I donít find it quite so soft, I guess that must be because of the 1.6x crop factor. Sharpness and contrast is comparable to my 50mm f1.4 as well as the overall build and handling. Makes an excellent normal lens on my D30.

I also owned the Canon 28mm f2.8 some years back. I find the biggest difference between the two is that the f1.8 handles a lot better with the USM focus. The faster f1.8 aperture also comes in handy for me in some situations, although I usually shoot at around f4-f8.


 
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8

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Review Date: Apr 2, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Capable of producing images no other lens can deliver.
Cons:
Manual focus can be a bit tricky at times.

Iíve used this lens for panoramas, close-up work, and even a few portraits. Itís very sharp and has a very nice feel to it overall.

About the only problem I have is the manual focus, especially while using the tilt function. Right now Iím using a D30, and I bet a 1D or a 1Ds would be much easier to achieve accurate focus, because of the superior viewfinder.