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Tamron 90MM F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 SP AF

Review Date: Sep 13, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great sharpness, contrast and colors, good build, nice AF/MF clutch switch, smooth MF, good Value for Money
Slow and Loud AD, hunts a bit

I absolutely love this lens. It is great for macro and portraiture. The AF is indeed slow and noisy, but it just takes some getting used to.

Buy it!

Canon EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II USM

Review Date: May 7, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very cheap Well, solid built Fast and very quite autofocus Decent Sharpness and good overall quality
The MF ring is a tiny bit stiff The lens is not 100% sharp wide open (not really a problem for the price though) The aperture is not as wide as it could be and its not constant

I have just received the EF 28-105mm f/3.5 - f/4.5 II USM. I bought it very cheaply off eBay a couple of days ago. I obviously haven't really had much time to test it properly yet, but I will do and then possibly add to this and maybe add some sample images too.

My first impressions of the lens were that it is very well built, yet quite small and compact. This was ideal for me, since I was looking for a walk-around lens which would stay on my 40D for most of the time. I had a go with the zooming and the manual focusing (yes, it does have full manual override) and it felt great. The Ultrasonic motor was lighting fast and very quiet. The focus ring does not even move when focussing, but I noticed that it is quite hard to turn when in MF. It is very weighted and quite stiff, which makes it a little bit annoying, but it's nothing major and I am sure that it will come looser with time. The lens seemed quite bright and covers a good range, even on a crop body. From the photos that I took, it seems relatively sharp at both the wide and telephoto end and not too bad wide open.

No problems so far!

Quite frankly - very happy with my purchase and I would recommend this lens for anyone!

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

Review Date: May 3, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: FANTASTIC IS, Good AF speed, very sharp (even at 250mm), decent wide open, VERY CHEAP, 58mm thread, good range
plastic mount, rotating front element

I think that this lens is absolutely amazing value for money. It is a great lens to extend from the kit lens and has a really usable range. The IS feature works so well, that you can see that its helping with your bear eye. The aperture is also wide enough for concerts (Ive shot successfully concerts before with this one) especially that you get the extra 1 or 2 stops with the IS. Of course you could argue that the build quality is not the same, however at this price it is an absolute fabulous piece of glass.

The optical quality will surprise many on how good it is. A real gem!