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Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

Review Date: Feb 25, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: * Very, very sharp even wide open. * Did I say it was SHARP??? * CHEAP for the quality of image it produces * great bokeh- buttery smooth * Compact and lightweight * Good build quality- not "L" class but very robust, metal * Hood included
* So-so AF (not a patch on Canon USM) * No full time Manual Focus tweaking * Barrel extends a long way (but then it's smaller than the 24-70L) * AF ring rotates while focusing (don't hold onto it!) * Bundled hood is very basic plastic affair. Does the job I guess

Basically a 24-70L at a quarter of the price, with slower AF (still decent but not USM lightning fast) and not built like a tank. Otherwise almost as good- VERY SHARP and good build quality. Fantastic images, highly recommended. Oh, and it's much smaller and lighter too which for some (many?) people is a distinct advantage esp. for candid or street photography where you don't want a massive white L lens announcing your presence...

Heaps of example photos online in galleries at

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warren prasek

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Feb 25, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: * Sharp in centre even wide open * Good flare and distortion control * Super wiiiiiide * Compact & lightweight * Decent (sub-L) build quality * Fast, silent AF (USM) with full time Manual focus
* Vastly overpriced * Soft corners with noticeable CA * Lens hood is extra * Possible limited future in EF-S mount but I'm pretty sure Canon will produce quite a few camera bodies to suit over the coming years, full frame will remain pro-spec for a while yet IMO (as at feb. 2005). Too bad if we all move to 1.3x though... :(

The only real option if you want to go ultra-wide on a 20D (or 300D/Digital Rebel or 300D XT i guess). Shame that the corners are so soft and suffer strong chromatic abberation, but when you consider the insane focal length (c'mon its 10mm!) I guess you have to accept compromises.

Bought this for next week's trip to New York and figured I'd need to go really wide. Will see how it fares compared to my sigma 15-30 (very nice, *very* sharp lens but big and heavy).

Plenty of samples available at online galleries here:

warren prasek