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Canon EF 24mm f/2.8

Review Date: Nov 20, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $250.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very sharp lense, Excellent construction, light, small, CHEAP second hand!!! Excellent standart lense on 1.6X DSLR but even more fun to use on FF
Noisy AF and no FTM, some flare... but I realy complain for nothing

In term of optical and construction quality, this lense is realy great. I bought mine on ebay and the lense date code say it was made in 1988 (the year it was introduced). The construction is still dense and tight like a brick, in part with my best L lenses. Its nicely sharp at 2.8, a tad better than my 17-40 at f4. It get realy good from f4 to f11.

I use de 17-40L more often on my 20d just because of the range on 1.6x DSLR, but my little 24 2.8 will regain its supremacy when I'll be able to buy a FF DSLR body. Highly recommended!

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: Apr 2, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Razor sharp by f2.8, f1.4 possibility, outstanding colors, fast AF with FTM, light and small
Soft at 1.4 (no surprise there, but it still usable), flimsy construction.

IMHO, an excellent piece of optic in a crappy package. Everything feel loose on this lense, especially the focussing ring.

By now, with the 1.6X crop dSLR, its not a focal lense I use that much (any portrait photographer would praise it more than me). In the world of the future, when average Joe will be able to buy a full frame dSLR, this lense may come out of my bag to stick front of camera more often.

I wish then to see Canon re-edited this lense - ok, let's dream... - 45 f1.2L !?!