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Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM

Review Date: Oct 22, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: It's got a solid build and is fast and quiet. It also has a beautiful bokeh (love the f/1.4)
It's crop only, sometimes a little CA

I also have the EF 50mm f/1.4 on my EOS 7D (crop 1.6) but was looking for a lens that gave me the 50mm equivalent on my 7D. I also had limited myself to a budget of max 500.
After reading lots of reviews and testing this lens in the store I was sold.

I haven't had a moment of remorse because it's a great lens, fast, quiet, focussing is no problem. I have my camera with my at all times and now have the EF 24-105mm f/4 and this lens with me.

Here are a few example photos I shot, it's a set on Flickr so it grows over time, and fast because I use this lens almost everyday:

Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM

Review Date: Mar 8, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Wide aperture of 2.8, IS, Image Quality, sharp
Build quality (not dust/weather proof), no lenshood, high price for EF-S non L lens

I bought this lens a year ago and I love it, it's very fast, has a great wide aperture of 2.8 and is very sharp even wide open. I used this lens 90% of the time and never had any problems with it.
After owning it for a few weeks I dropped my camera on the concrete and except from a few scratches on the lenshood and a broken batterydoor of my camera no damage to the lens.
But when I bought the 7D which is weather and dust proof I also wanted a lens that was this, and that's the 17-55 certainly not. And because I wanted a little more reach I got the 24-105 f/4, but I do miss the f/2.8 at times.

So when you want a great, fast lens with a wide aperture and very good image quality on a crop sensor camera this is a great lens.

Here are some examples of shots I took with the EOS 50D and the EOS 7D and the 17-55mm:

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: Mar 5, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: f/1.4, great bokeh, light, price
soft wide open, plastic feeling

I have this lens for a year now and really love it. Some say it's now a really useful focal length on a crop censor, but that's not my feeling, great for portraits and as an low light lens.

A little bit soft when full open, but great depth of field and bokeh. And when stopped down, above f/2.8 is really sharp and great image quality.

The built quality is good but it feels a little bit plastic, but after a year of use no problem of wearing out or scratching.

Here are a few samples of the 50mm, first on my EOS 50D, later on my EOS 7D:

The price is very good, it was my first quality glass I could afford and after that I only buy quality lenses because now I know what I'm missing.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Mar 4, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very sharp, great image quality, very versatile lens, great build quality
No lens hood, no weather sealing, no IS

I have this lens for over a year now and it's the lens that keeps amazing me. I use it for Macro nature shots, product shots, portraits, landscapes, everything.

I have some very sharp macro photo's that even with 18 Mpixels zoomed in are tack sharp. Also the sharpness in the corners is very good.

Here is a overview of some of the photo's I made in the past year:

Great lens that I really advise to buy, you won't regret it.

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Mar 3, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Great Image Quality, weather proof, very versatile, IS, USM.
on crop sensor 24mm isn't really wide.

I traded in my EF-S 17-55mm for th EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM because I wanted more zoom than the 55mm. Also I wanted an L lens because of the weather and dust sealing and together with my EOS 7D I now don't have to worry so much about rain and dust.

Th IQ is very great, I really like this lens. Here are some sample shots I took in the past weeks:

The only thing I miss is the wide aperture of 2.8, but when inside I now use the 50mm 1.4.