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Tamron 90MM F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 SP AF

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Review Date: Aug 27, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Price, Image quality, Great manual focus
Cons:
Noisy AF in low light, nothing else really

Fantastic for the price, great IQ and doubles as a very nice portrait lens too. Can't really complain.

 
Canon EOS 60D

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Review Date: Aug 12, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Weight, Articulated Screen, Cost, Live View, AF
Cons:
Construction, No Micro-adjustment

If people stop comparing this as a supposed successor to the 50D and just look at it in comparison to the recent APS-C's of the time (650D, 60D, 7D), it is clear this is a winner. I have had no need for MA but I would of course prefer it on any body I have. I absolutely love the articulated screen, and the large viewfinder not to mention the AF system with 9 cross-type points.

For the current price in 2012 (~600-700 for a good, used condition), I would definitely recommend this over the T4i.


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

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Review Date: Jul 28, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Contrast, aperture, sharpness
Cons:
Weight

I was able to finally buy this beauty before my San Antonio trip and its first major test came in the local underground caverns. A prime would not have worked given the varying features and this lens came through big time. It was able to focus in very low light and the pictures came out great. I had a keeper rate of over 80% in such lighting conditions.

Next up I was asked to cover a Guinness world record attempt on a track field. Decent lighting conditions and never did I bother changing the aperture from 2.8; all the pictures were razor sharp. Once you are used to the weight and the justifications you gave while spending so much on this lens, you will only appreciate it more.


 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Jul 10, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Weight, build, cost, IS
Cons:
None

I bought this just about 2 months ago from a person selling it as part of a 5D III kit. It was brand new and I got it for $800 which in itself earned a price rating of 9 from me.

This is my first L-lens and I could clearly see the difference between this and my 60D kit 18-135mm lens. Fantastic build quality and, being on a crop sensor, exhibited no vignetting or barrel distortion. It also balances nicely with my gripped body.