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Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM

Review Date: Apr 4, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,150.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp... very sharp! Nice colors and contrast.

Previous to this lens I used the Tamron (non VC) 17-50 2.8 for 2 years. The Tamron was sharp and had great colors. I bought it because I didn't want to spend the $1000+ on the canon version. Over the past year I've found myself booking a lot of family portrait sessions so I started upgrading my gear and one of my lens upgrades was in this focal range. So, I sold the Tamron and bought the Canon 17-55 2.8.

I thought the Tamron was great but after using the Canon I don't know why I waited so long to buy it. My wife told me 2 years ago to just buy the Canon but I hesitated and bought the Tamron. The Canon 17-55 is just so sharp! I may actually have to wear band-aids while handling it... lol Smile

If you're on the fence on which lens to purchase I highly recommend the Canon. It's worth the price!


Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Apr 20, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $379.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp wide open and beautiful bokeh
none so far.

Sharp, sharp & sharp...even wide open @ 1.8 this baby is sharp! The bokeh is oh soooooooo creamy too Wink I don't know why I waited so long to get it. If your're considering buying this lens just go & buy it... you'll love it Wink

I am shooting it on a 7d.

Canon EOS 7D

Review Date: Oct 28, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: 8fps, viewfinder, battery life, controls off camera flash
none at all

Beautiful camera. I love the build quality, I have BIG hands so this camera feels great. I don't even need to rush out and buy a grip. One of my fav features is the ability to control off camera flash... a huge bonus for me. The 100% viewfinder is fantastic, it's big & bright. The 8fps/second is incredibly fast and if your not careful you'll fill your CF card in no time. ISO performance is very good. I haven't done a lot of high ISO shooting but from what I have done it's impressive. The camera is very customizable with a host of new features. One of the cool features is the electronic level. The liveview is great for composing your shots when using the B&W ND110 filter (10 stops). I am not one to shoot a lot of video... that is until I bought this camera. The HD video is amazing. The quality is soooo very good. I find myself shooting video whenever I can.

Overall this camera is a dream to use. I would recommend it to anyone.