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Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

ef28mmf_18usm_1_
Review Date: Jun 21, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: fast, lightweight, sharp
Cons:
none

Excellent lens, very sharp wide open, great colors. Highly recommended.

 
Canon EOS Rebel XTi (400D)

rebel_xti
Review Date: Oct 25, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: great camera
Cons:
none

I have big hands and 5D which I think is too big and heavy.
This camera is smaller and lighter which I enjoy. I find myself using XTi more than 5D because itís easier to carry around. It doesnít have all the features as 5D but it is great buy for the money.

Great noise reduction processing for high ISO (1600), so set mode to JPG for those occasions.


 
Tamron 28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC AF

28-300vr
Review Date: Sep 28, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: zoom range, price
Cons:
none

I am making lots of great images on my 5D at full range from 28-300mm. Yes, image at 300mm is not as sharp as Canon 300 f2.8L but compare the price and size and youíll be happy with what you get here.

 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Sep 28, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,150.00

Pros: IS
Cons:
not sharp, heavy, big

My first L lens and quite a disappointment. Aside from being surprised with the size and weight of f4 lens, my biggest disappointment was lack of sharpness. I read some people go through several copies to find a keeper, but this is pro lens (L) and it should never be an issue. Canonís QC is pathetic and itís bad business since I would discourage anyone to buy this lens (and Canon in general). You may get the good one or you may not. I didnít.

Just to make sure itís not me, I compared images made with this lens and with Tamron 28-300 ($350 and half the weight) on 5D. See it for yourself here:
https://home.comcast.net/~pointco/Canon24-105_Tamron.htm


 
Tamron 14MM F/2.8 Aspherical (IF) SP AF

14mm
Review Date: Sep 11, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,099.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharp, good contrast and colors
Cons:
none

I went to a local store and tested:
Canon EF14mm 2.8L USM
Sigma 14mm 2.8 and
Tamron 14mm 2.8.

I set 5D on a tripod and shot several images at 5.6 and 8. Later I examined all images very close to find out that Tamron was BY FAR the best lens.