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Tokina 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 AF PRO DX SD

Review Date: May 22, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great IQ, Great Colors, Contrast.
AF is a tad slow... luckily at 12-24mm you don't spend much time focusing... and focus is still precise. Not for full frame! I want something this well built with this price on my 5DMKII.

This was my favorite lens for my 7D. I let a friend borrow it on a trip to Bolivia, and they were in a car accident. The vehicle flipped several times, and only 2 lenses survived - this was one of them, and the 70-200/4ISL was the other. This thing is rugged, and has been on my camera for many of my best photos. I'd recommend this over any of the other wide-angles I've tested.

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

Review Date: May 22, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $850.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: AF Speed, Build Quality, Excellent sharpness, Wide enough for full-frame all-day use
Not wide enough for 100% usage on a 1.6 crop, slight lens creep if held upside down

The quality of this lens is the best all-around that I've used. Sharpness is near-prime, AF speed is best-of-breed, weatherproofing is fantastic and the zoom range is phenomenal. What more can you want?

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: May 22, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Super-fast aperture, Great sharpness, Quick to focus
non-ring USM

Fantastic value for a great lens. I love to walk at night, and with this lens, ISO 1600 or 3200 plus center AF, you can capture about anything. I've never had a problem with the focusing mechanism and this lens has traveled the world with me... never treated it very kindly. Lens hood is always on - the size of the lens is great, as the hood doesn't make the lens too big.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: May 22, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $475.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Smooth Focus, Great Sharpness
Moderate focus speed

I've had this lens for about 3 years and didn't use it much on my Crop-sensor 40D or 7D but since getting the 5D MKII, I've used this a ton... fantastic IQ, great for portraits.

Build quality is really good. AF isn't as fast as some of my other lenses (L-glass, or the 50/1.4).

Tamron 70-300MM F/4-5.6 LD Macro AF

Review Date: Dec 24, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $125.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Awesome value! Incredible color and really good sharpness. I've gotten some really incredible results from this best-value lens. I've also gotten some really good results with Macro.
CA is really strong at both ends of the zoom range, so it's really important to only use the lens as about a 100-250, if you want usable results.

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

Review Date: Dec 24, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $250.00 | Rating: 10 


This was the first lens I bought for my Rebel XT/350d, after the 50/1.8. I've been very happy with the sharpness of all images, and the surprisingly good contrast and bokeh on macro images. The main concern I had was with the lack of wide angle. However, the image quality at 28mm is phenomenal, and I find that it's wide enough for most uses. I'm using this mostly outdoors or in well-lit areas, as the IS is really not sufficient for low-light situations. I do get acceptable images at about 1/40 at the long end of the zoom, which is really all I ask for. Low-light is better served by the 50/1.4 which compliments this lens very well. It seems a little silly to say that a $300 lens is poor because it's not as good as a $1000 lens... it's the best walk-around lens I've found for its price range, both IQ and usability.

Issues: It definitely has lens-creep, which makes its build quality seem worse than it would otherwise. This doesn't really bother me much, as I'm just used to the idea that the lens will work itself out to full zoom after a short walk.