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Canon EF 35mm f/2

ef35mmf2_1_
Review Date: May 11, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Price, Small, Sharp Wide Enough wide open, Decent low light focus. Budget man's low light street lens. MUCH better than 50 1.8 wide open
Cons:
Build quality could be better

IMHO, this is a hidden value in canon fast prime lineup. I have compared this lens against my 50 1.8, with 50 @1.8, 2, 2.8, 4 and it was an eye opener as to how much sharper this lens is than the fifty upto f4. The main reason for either of these lenses for me is low light, and since I got the 35, 50 has seen no action at all.

I had an opportunity to try used 35 1.4L also once, and though that was a fantastic lens, it was soft until f4 as well, and i ended up passing on that used copy. I did not try 35 1.4 & 35 f2 head on so that test is more subjective.

If you like low light work on cropped sensor, get this lens. The build quality would not amaze you, but your low light photos would.

Some night street shots using this lens:-

http://flickr.com/photos/adatta/415226222/in/set-72057594133297618/

http://flickr.com/photos/adatta/415226117/in/set-72057594133297618/

http://flickr.com/photos/adatta/415226336/in/set-72057594133297618/

http://flickr.com/photos/adatta/415226398/in/set-72057594133297618/


 
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

ef300mmf_4_1_
Review Date: Mar 20, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: IQ - Out there, IS - hand held up to 1/60 keepers, built in hood, size, takes to 1.4x really well
Cons:
None. Got it used at a decent price so no complains what so ever

I had been debating adding a 100-400 to my lenses, but was not ready to spend that kind of money and was intrigued by the reviews of 300 F4 here. I came across a great deal on the 300 F4IS a couple of weeks ago.

I am extremely glad that I did. I bought it with the intent that I will resell if it the lens does not work for me and assume the loss as rental fee, though after using it for only 10 days on my vacation, this lens has assumed a dominant position on my camera.

This is my first prime L, and it has quite simply blown me away. (My frame of reference for IQ for telephoto is 70-200 F4). My first IS lens also, and I am amazed to see quite a few keepers at 1/60, which gives great capability to shoot low light photos. I do not like to use tripod with telephoto as subjects are usually quite fast moving, and so far I have seen no need to do the same.

It takes very well to 1.4x, to the point were it is hard to tell the difference. If you are on the fence for this lens, do yourself a favor, rent/borrow it asap and you will be placing your order in matter of few shutter clicks.