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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

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Review Date: Jan 28, 2018 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: inexpensive, size and weight spot on for a Rebel body and this focal range, good shapness until some 180mm
Cons:
lack of microcontrast

this lens is a bit similiar story to 18-55 STM. it hits the sweetest spot of size and weight for this focal range - just enough heavy for good handholdability, not too heavy to not want to carry it around. sharpness is very fine until around 180mm, past that it drops but stopped down to f/7.1 remains very usable. AF is fast enough and works great with LV focusing.

at 1:1 this lens does slightly suffer from lacking microcontrast - it seems sharp... until you compare it to a decent L tele lens. like many tele zooms it can also hurt from veiling when shooting against the sun, and the lens hood doesn't always help to aleviate this.

in the end it's a very inexpensive tele zoom well tailored for the bigger Rebels. nothing wrong about the image quality and size/weight for this price point


 
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

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Review Date: Jan 28, 2018 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: decent level of detail, vivid colours, very appropriate size and weight for a Rebel body, quick and silent AF, very OK mechanically
Cons:
lack of microcontrast

on paper (and in the internet) it's a mechanically sub-par standard zoom with suprisingly great sharpness

in my experience it is different. mechanics are very much OK, nothing to be ashamed of for an inexpensive standard zoom. level of detail on the photos also appears good. yet it doesn't entirely feel right - there is decent detail but it simply doesn't feel contrasty and as sharp as any respectable prime you'd put to use. I mean - if you just look at the pictures from 18-55 STM there doesn't seem to be anything wrong even at 1:1 view... until you put some 50 STM or even 24 STM and notice how superior microcontrast is.

is it a disaster? surely not, it's still way better lens than any previous 18-55 from Canon. and it is capable of delivering very decent photos even viewed at 4K monitor. but it simply isn't as tack sharp as internet reviews make you believe. it may have similiar resolution measurements as the likes of 50 STM of 24 STM but make no mistake - this is not the same sharpness, by a margin.


 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS

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Review Date: Jan 28, 2018 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: very usable at 24mm-32mm range (where 24-105 mkI is a shame), very solid construction, good IS, useful macro mode
Cons:

I've replaced 24-105 mkI to this one because I was appaled by the later's performance in wide end - horrible corners at 24mm with rapid loss of sharpness, better but still far from decent at 25~32mm range. 24-70/4 is clearly better lens in this range, ie. it looks like it was actually designed to cover those focal lengths, where on the 24-105 they felt like 5th wheel.

 
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

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Review Date: Jan 28, 2018 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: cheap, very small and light, decent sharpness, good colours, decent IS
Cons:
slow apperture, crappy build tolerance or it's just AF accuracy (quite often one edge of the photo is very off focus)

very cheap yet very useful lens for travelling photographers. but at least mine 10-18 can show very poor sharpness along the edges (and I don't just mean corners) quite often which I think has something to do with build tolerance and consistency of the optical assembly. when it nails it, it's great.

 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM

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Review Date: Jan 28, 2018 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: excellent sharpness all the way to the corners. nice punchy colours, fine bokeh, great handholdability (good balance on a 6D, very efficient IS) and it's compatible with normal size filters (77mm screw in, 100mm rectangulars)
Cons:

mother of all wide angle zooms, putting to shame all other WA zoom lenses except perhaps Sony's 16-35 GM. excellent sharpness, lovely colours, very useful IS. if you're changing 17-40 to this one you'll first be at odds with "too clinical photos" but eventuelly will get used to that Smile

 
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

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Review Date: Jan 28, 2018 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: small, very sharp, faithful colours, pleasant bokeh
Cons:

very well built lens with great sharpness, lovely colours (just enough punch for nature shots) and pleasant bokeh, well balancing on a bigger Rebel camera. focal length is very universal and there are so many cheap used one's that it's one of those lenses that most Canon crop users end up buying and enjoying a lot.

 
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM

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Review Date: Jan 28, 2018 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: very small and light, very sharp, punchy colours
Cons:
lol... too small and too light... too punchy colours :)

from f/2.8 this lens gives sharp and punchy photos. not bad overall but for some kind of photos, like portraits of people, it'll be too punchy for some photographers.

further it's a petite lens which balanses OK on a 100D/200D body but not necessarily on the normal Rebels like mine 750D. this makes it a great lens to just drop into the bag and carry everywhere to make some casual shot, but if 24mm is your focal length and you want something better balanced with larger Rebel or an xxD/7D... look for alternative, this one might simply be too small for comfortable shoting


 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Jan 28, 2018 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: moderate size and weight for this focal length, lovely progression of shapness (dreamy look at f/1.8 progressing to slightly dreamy at f/2.2 and flawless sharp from f/2.8 on), fast AF with traditional AF, fast enough through LV, good colours for a portrait lens (neutral temperature, not too punchy)
Cons:
it has a lot of chromatic aberration at f<2.8

very enjoyable lens for nature details on crop body (750D) where it gives the equivalent of 135mm lens. very decent sharpness at low appertures, good colour, pleasant bokeh (not stunning but very neutral). it has the feeling of an old prime with natural sharpness and no fancy lenses to give it extra punch. but with AF

 
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS

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Review Date: Jan 28, 2018 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: excellent sharpness from f/2 on, efficient IS, size/weight excellent for it being well balanced and not to heavy, fast AF also in movie mode
Cons:
bokeh gets ugly with busy backgrounds, but it's nothing like the old Canon's 5 blade diaphragms. new price a bit too steep

it started with the Yongnuo 35/2 for me, which turned out to be excellen focal length for use with crop body (750D). after about a month with the YN I was very certain that this is the focal length I love to have in a fast and solid optically lens. unfortunately, YN was a mixed bag with significant share of bad photos due to missed focus, so I had to look for something more expensive. I didn't particulary like size/weight of Tamron 35/1.8 and obviously even less of the Sigma's ART lenses (whose designers clearly ignore the concept of small size and weight) nor the price (and bulk too) of Canon's 35/1.4. I was a bit reluctant about 35/2 IS too, as I was affraid it would be too bulky for a Rebel. in the end it isn't really. it is relatively large but it balances very finely. in terms of optics and mechanics I knew what to expect and my own impressions coincide with the internet knowledge.

 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

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Review Date: Apr 27, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: very high optical quality, very even behavior through entire zoom range and all normal apertures (f<11), great build yet moderate size for this range and construction, efficient IS, strong, vivid colors, very likeable bokeh (I like it more than my old 70-200/4 nonIS which wasn't really bad)
Cons:
rip-off price of the tripod ring which brings TCO for this lens to a rather high level

for those photographers who need/want a portable telezoom with 300mm and no compromise on image and build quality - this is the ultimate lens for Canon system. period. there really isn't anything not to like about the lens - in a relatively compact size you get an amazing package for lot of shooting subjects. not for sport guys or schnitzelgraphers, but a traveling photographer will love this lens