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Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM

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Review Date: Mar 19, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Low flare
Cons:
kinda bulky

I've been using this lens on my 10D and appreciate its low amount of flare compared to my other wide angles.

http://neilcowley.com/weddings/photos/meloon/Meloon_wed_357.jpg

http://neilcowley.com/weddings/photos/meloon/meloon_orig_1487.jpg
Of course this is pointed diretly into the sun, but its doing an excelent job of not splashing the shadows full of stray light, holding overall contrast in the face of extreeme conditions.

http://neilcowley.com/weddings/


 
Sigma 24mm f1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro

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Review Date: Jul 29, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Fast aperature, low price, pleasant softness.
Cons:
Highly prone to flare with CA, very soft feel. Focusing is slow at best.

I have this lens to accompany my 10D cameras and 1Dm2. Its a different lens as compared to the 20mm Canon that I also own. Its softer with a very nice background blur. It performs best under even light as it is very suceptible to flare. Just forget pointing it at a lightsource and holding edge sharpness.

Don't count on focus tracking either. The motor is a bit slow compared again to the USM in Canon lenses. But, the macro capability combined with the nice smooth 'bokeh' areas make this a pleasant specialty lens. I really like 'look' of it when appropriate however. I use it in portraits and detail shots in available light. When used close to the subject the short depth of field becomes more dramatically apparent, and the wide angle feel is somewhat unexpected.

This one I was able to capitalize on the low light and flare:
http://neilcowley.com/weddings/new_york/geneva/pages/Geneva_wedding_04.html

Generally this is how I use it, getting close and using the blur to accentuate the sharpness:
http://neilcowley.com/weddings/rochester/crowne_plaza/pages/Crowne_plaza_26.html
http://neilcowley.com/weddings/rochester/crowne_plaza/pages/Crowne_plaza_27.html
http://neilcowley.com/weddings/rochester/crowne_plaza/pages/Crowne_plaza_28.html