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Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Nov 8, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: colour, bokeh, contrast, USM, f/1.8
Cons:
at f/1.8 the image may get to soft

It took a long time for me to choose between this lens and a 28mm f/2.8. The MTF results indicate that the f/2.8 is a bit sharper, but I really like low light potential.

After a week using this lens, I'm quite happy with it, as a "standart" on my cropped sensor camera.


 
Canon EOS Rebel XT (350D)

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Review Date: Nov 8, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: low noise, low price, small raw files, battery lasts forever
Cons:
small viewfinder

I'm really happy with this camera. The only thing that really bothers me is the small viewfinder. It's quite impossible to see if the object is correctly focused.

When I bought the camera, I also bought the battery grip, and it solves the problem of the small size. It gives also a "pro" look.

I hope this camera will give me enough profits to buy a 5D, or the next model. And I will keep the 350D as a great backup.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Sep 12, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharpness, brightness, focusing, build, price for quality.
Cons:
Has it lost its kingdom for the new 50mm f/1.2 L ?

On my camera, it becomes a 85mm. I use it a lot, because of its great sharpness after f/3.2, and still quite acceptable sharpness for many objectives (e.g. publishing at the web) even at f/1.4. Combining f/1.4 with iso 800 and some post-processing we can make some dreams come true.

It is the first "85mm" I've had, and before that I often used a "135mm" for portraits. The "135mm" has never seen a face again.


 
Sigma 20mm f/1.8 EX DG Aspherical RF

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Review Date: Sep 12, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharpness, brightness, focusing, minimum focusing distance, price
Cons:
Filter size, MF/AF switch, lens size

On my camera, it becomes a 32mm. I use it a lot, because of its great sharpness after f/4, and still quite acceptable sharpness for many objectives (e.g. publishing at the web) even at f/1.8. Combining f/1.8 with iso 800 and some post-processing we can make some dreams come true.

But what I really like is the possibility of getting very close to the object and at the same time having the perspective similar to a "normal" lens.