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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Jun 1, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $469.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very, very sharp lens, even wide open. Reasonably fast focusing, for a macro lens.
It focuses slowly in low light if you're not using a speedlight. Auto focus doesn't work well at macro distances.

This is a great, great lens. It's probably the sharpest lens I have. Focusing is reasonably quick, given how far the focusing ring has to move. In low light focusing speed goes down, unless you use a speedlight with a focus assist beam. AF doesn't work well at macro distances, you generally need to use manual focus.

I highly recommend this lens.

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

Review Date: Jun 1, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $389.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp even at F2.8, goes down to F32, good build quality, excellent value
Focusing speed could be faster, but it's not bad.

This lens hasn't given me a single problem, it's my workhorse lens, and stays on the camera 80% of the time. I use it at F2.8 a lot, it's sharp even wide open. I'd like a faster focusing motor, but it's not too bad, it's faster than non-USM canon lenses, but not as fast as proper USM lenses.