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Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD SP AF

Review Date: Mar 4, 2016 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $250.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Great value for money, easy to use, smooth zoom, fast AF, great image stabilization
At this price, I don't think there are any cons

I've owned two of these lenses in the last few years, both Canon mount, and I've shot it on full frame (5D), 1.3 (1D2N) and crop (7D, 40D, XTI). For the price (even new, but especially used), I think this is the best value out there for a 70-300 zoom. There is some very minor vignetting on full frame, but not enough to be an issue (and easily corrected in post). I had great image sharpness and colors from both of the lenses I've owned. It performs well as a stand in portrait lens too, the bokeh is quite good considering it's not a portrait lens.

The build quality is great, the image stabilization (VC) is really good, and the AF speed is fantastic for a lens in this price range. This lens is pretty big, but not that heavy. The lens extends quite a bit, but still feels balanced on both larger and smaller bodied cameras. I found the AF speed, VC and image quality to be great for starter wildlife and bird photography. Obviously when compared to L-glass, tele-primes and other $1000-$5000 lenses, this one looks terrible, but when compared to all the other sub-$600 stuff out there, this is the best thing going in my opinion.

I don't think there is a better tele out there for the price.

Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR AF-S

Review Date: Jul 21, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fast, solid build quality, great VR performance, not too big.
Nothing comes to mind.

I owned this lens for about a year before switching to Canon gear. During that time, I probably shot 8k images with this lens. It was a great lens to carry in the car and always have available. I paired this with a 35mm 1.8 on my D90 and was set for just about everything I came across. This lens worked great for wildlife shots, action, motorsports, airshows, even did a fantastic job with some portraits. The build quality on this lens and operation with the large rubber zoom ring is all fantastic. I have nothing negative to say about this lens at all. I'd strongly suggest this lens to anyone that doesn't want to (or have) the extra cash to put on an 80-200.

Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor

Review Date: Jul 21, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $170.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast, silent, small, light weight, bang on perfect focus and colors every time.
None whatsoever

*** Please note that the lens shown in the picture on this page is not the lens being reviewed ***

This lens is, without question, the best lens I've ever owned. It was inexpensive, fast, light, consistent, provided great image quality and the colors were always bang on.

If you shoot a DX Nikon, go buy one of these lenses. It's a fantastic deal and you'll love it.

Sigma 20mm f/1.8 EX DG Aspherical RF

Review Date: Jul 21, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Build quality, cost, image quality, color rendition is great too.
Bit heavy (comparable to L glass in weight), focus isn't real fast, 82mm filters are EXPENSIVE.

This was my first real wide angle. I owned this lens for about two years, and many of my favorite shots were made with this lens. The build quality is fantastic, I would compare it to some of the L series lenses in build quality and weight (so it is a little on the heavy side). The autofocus isn't real fast, but it's not bad either. This focal legnth isn't really intended for tracking fast moving subjects anyway. I always found the image quality to be good, often times I was really quite impressed. The color rendition was always spot on too.

I have no complaints about this lens at all, I would suggest it to anyone looking for a fairly wide fast prime for a crop body.

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8

Review Date: Jun 22, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $175.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Small, light, focuses pretty well, easy to carry around.
Noisy (not a USM lens), feels cheap (it's not an L lens, so by comparison it is cheap).

I was quite happy with this lens overall. It's small, light and serves as a decent wide angle on a full frame (works as a good general lens on a crop body). I carried this around on my 5D almost exclusively for about six months, never really had anything negative to say about it. It doesn't give the same strong colors that an L lens does, but it's also $200 instead of $1200, and you can boost your images in PP anyway.

The build quality is ok, it has a metal lens mount, which is nice and solid.

Overall, I was very happy with this lens and would suggest it for someone looking for an inexpensive walk around wide angle.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Jun 2, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $375.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Size, weight, image quality, solid IS, price (especially used, what a value!)
f4 (awesome for the price though), gets long when zoomed to 300mm.

This was one of my very first lenses when I got into photography. Very quick, not too heavy, produces awesome shots (compares to the L glass in my opinion), great price (especially when bought used off the forum here). This is a really good alternative to some of the more expensive tele-zooms out there if you're not looking to spend more than $500 or so. I never noticed anything about it that I didn't like.

Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jun 2, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast, solid, very clean shots, super fast focus, it's an L, works well as a defensive weapon.
Price, weight (Obviously, it's an L)

There isn't much to reviewing this lens. It's one of the nicest I've ever shot. If you can afford the $800-$1100 for one, buy it. As with all the L-series lenses, you get fantastic performance and images. Solid build and high quality optics means more weight and cost, while the fast aperature and (very) useful zoom range mean it can cover a majority of your gear needs (meaning you can buy less stuff, saving you money). If you only want one lens for day to day use, buy one of these, you will not regret it.

Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Jun 2, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $150.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Not too big, good quality, quick focus, decent IS, great starter lens.
Not very wide on crop cameras, monsterous when mounted on a Rebel size camera.

I've owned three of these now, all of them have been good. I first started shooting with an XT and one of these lenses, it was a great setup to learn basic photography skills with. The zoom range is good, though limited on crop sensor cameras. This lens makes a great "walk around" setup on a full frame or 1.3 (1D-Mark whatever) camera.

If you're looking for a good starter lens, or something for travel, I would certainly suggest checking this one out.