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Tamron 200-500MM F/5-6.3 Di LD (IF)

200500mm
Review Date: Oct 4, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: inexpensive, good IQ, good color, relatively light, relatively compact for 500mm, 200-500mm range.
Cons:
very long fully extended with hood.



 
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

efs60_28macro_usm
Review Date: Mar 22, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharp, inexpensive, does more than just macro.
Cons:
still trying to find one...maybe ef-s only?

This lens has become my favorite walkaround lens over my 24-105IS L on my 1.6 crop body. The images are sharp, I can take a range of photos and still come up tight to the subject and get those random/spontaneous macros. The 60mm is perfect as an outdoor walkaround focal distance and I don't miss the 24-105 that it replaced. At f/2.8, I can keep it on my camera indoors most of time as well.

 
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

ef_28-135_35_1_
Review Date: Feb 2, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: price, IS, USM, nice walkaround focal range.
Cons:
wobbly, 6-blade aperture, doesn't have the L red stripe.


Nice walkaround lense. Good focal range but could be a little wider especially for the 1.6x bodies. For my amateur eyes, the photos are pretty sharp if stopped down a bit. Outdoor photos are especially sharp when stopped down to around f8. Indoor photography is limited but do-able - If I can get a minimum of 1/30th shutter speed at widest aperture (and if the subject doesn't move too much), I can get useable results (albeit soft). If you are into bokeh, you're not going to be happy with the 6 blade aperture. But for $400, you get IS, USM, and 28-135mm.