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Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Mar 30, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $383.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: sharp, perfect bokeh, solid built, weight, size, FTMF (USM) Do NOT extend when focusing
Serious problems focusing in 'low' light. Might be a bit overprices for an EF-S prime (can't use on FF)

Real 1:1 macro at 2.8. The lens does NOT extend/rotate while focusing. This is critical since you'll have to work pretty close to th esubject with this lens.

In general, good image quality and very fast focus for a macro lens that will fit for portraiture as well.

Only 1 really bad point: it's very hard to focus if the scene is not bright enough. This is a serious problem that made me miss many shots.
The USM ring will allow you to take control over the focus if it hunts too much but you then must turn from AF to MF mode in order to shot...not cool at all as it often hunts.

Tamron 28-75MM F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)

Review Date: Mar 25, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $360.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: colors
very soft at 2.8, slow focusing (acceptable), hunts in low light

This lens is a dilemma!
There are enough things I dislike not to use it...but I simply cannot get rid of it.

Mine is far too soft at 2.8. I need 2 steps up to get proper sharpness.
Alright now if you have stepped focuses a bit slow (quite normal for 3rd party lens) and hunts badly in low light.

but then...the colors...the best colors I get on my 30D are with that Tamron lens. No other lens (and I insist on this point), including my canon primes, give me such colors. That's the only reason why I am keeping it in my system.

Good 'general purpose' lens, especially on travel...

Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM

Review Date: Mar 25, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: fast, extremely sharp, UD glass
flare, cheap build, overpriced

Too much flare (with hood). Had to return it.
Make sure you try it before buying it!

Very sharp and fast otherwise. IS is wonderful.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Mar 25, 2008 Recommend? no | Price paid: $375.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: FTM, bokeh, price, feels solid
bad CA

Too much CA for me (PM me for samples) which makes it hardly usable for product pictures (my main activity).

CA is coming form refraction in high contrasting areas.
However, keep in mind that Canon 50mm at 1.4, 35mm at 1.4 (L), 85mm at 1.2 (L) do not show any CA on high contrasting elements!
Stopping down solves the problem for sure, then no point to get a 1.8. I bought a 1.8 because I need to shot at 1.8?
I would tolerate some CA on a zoom lens, but not on a prime!

The 85mm 1.8 is my least used lens.

I am not saying it's a bad lens but I consider the 50mm 1.4 to be far much better! (esp for x1.6 users)

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: Mar 25, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, excellent bokeh , performs extremely well in low light, FTMF Very good value for money
focusing ring is lose (not very accurate), might hunt a bit in low light

This is my favorite (non-L) prime lens (used exclusively on x1.6 bodies)

I do not agree with people who say the lens is soft at 1.4
If you check the focusing point carefully, it'll always be really sharp. At 1.4 the lens defocus a lot anything at a difference distance than the focusing point that might give a 'soft' impression.

I use this lens 80% of my time for modeling shots. Highly recommended.