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Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

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Review Date: May 19, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: f/2, "L" sharpness, contrast, colors & build quality, quick & silent AF
Cons:
No room for a tripod collar, kind of heavy

I bought this lens as my first telephoto, and am I ever grateful! I spent entire evenings in a row reading these reviews and reviews from other sites before making the purchase.

f/2 is a great for lowlight. I am able to shoot ballet and concerts with this and get decent shutters.

One thing I wish this lens had is space for a tripod collar. I am often wishing I could mount it on a monopod because it does get heavy after a while, and I also sometimes wish I had it for really lowlight situations.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this lens to ANYONE. It's one of Canon's best telephoto primes, and is definitely worth the money.

Check out the photos I've taken with it >> http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamtrevillian/tags/canonef135mmf2lusm/


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Review Date: Apr 28, 2007 Recommend? | Price paid: $80.00

 
Pros: f/1.8, light, small
Cons:
AF fairly slow, plastic

This was my first lens after the kit 18-55. I really enjoyed the fast f-stop and the clarity of a prime lens compared to the low quality of the kit lens.

Paired with my 350D and 430EX, it makes a great lens for courtside basketball.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Review Date: Jan 9, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $80.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: tiny, very lightweight, great depth of field, good for dim conditions
Cons:
minimum focusing distance too far away, f/1.8 is good, but f/1.4 is better, loud AF

This is a GREAT beginners' lens. With its standard fixed focal length, the photographer is really challenged to get the shot. It taught me to get on my belly or get on top of that building.

It is very lightweight and compact. Almost plastic.

It's depth of field is great, and it works well in dim lighting conditions, but, if any darker, you're pushin' it. I shot a concert that had pretty crappy lighting with this, and my average shutter was around 1/30.

The depth of field, though, is very nice.

The AF is fairly slow and pretty loud. Loud enough to turn a few heads during English class.

I would definately recommend this lens to any beginner.