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Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Feb 15, 2017 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very fast AF, sharp at 2.0
Soft wide open and fringing wide open.

Fastest AF of any lens I've used. Great for indoor sports, especially if not close to the action. I use the 50 when sitting on the baseline, but switch to this if shooting from sidelines or a upper level. Also great for portraits. Color is not quite as good as my 50 or some L zooms, but easily fixable PP.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: Feb 15, 2017 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Inexpensive Lightweight, Sharp, Fast
Slightly slower AF than the 85/1.8, little soft wide open

I love this lens on both my 7d and 5d. Great for shooting basketball if you get close to the action, which I like to do. Also great for portaits and just general walk around. I keep this and an 85 in my bag now to complement what ever zooms I may take.

Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Aug 15, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very Sharp, Good color and contrast, IS works great and AF is spot on.
Wish it was 77mm instead of 72, so more of my filters would fit it. Price still a little high

I purchased this lens for a trip to Yellowstone and it performed great! I got it refurbished from Canon. The zoom range is ideal for walk around.

Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM

Review Date: May 17, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, Speed, Size, Build
Had to tune in AF

I debated this and the canon 28/1.8 for a while, was just drawn in by the 1.4 and how sharp some of the samples I saw were. I was concerened about the af mis-focus issue, that seems to be somehwat prevelant with this lens, however since I knew I could try to dial it in on my 7d, I gave it a try. I did have to dial it in, so I try to only use it on my 7d and not the 40D, but on the 7d, AF (+6) is great, fast and accurate. It is very sharp, sharper at 1.4 than any 2.8 zoom i've ever had (70-200, 24-70 or 18-50), in fact rivals my 60efs macro wide open and pairs very nicly with this lens for a 2 lens travel or portrait combo. Has easily become my favorite lens.

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: May 17, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Small, Sharp, Good AF
EF-S mount

I like to pair this with a Sigma 30/1.4 for a great small travel & portrait combo. Very Sharp and versital. Great for macro (obviously) as well as head and shoulder portraits.

Sigma 100-300mm f4 EX IF HSM APO

Review Date: Jul 7, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $700.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness, AF Speed

I recently got this lens to replace a 300F4 L, non-IS. I really liked the 300, but had always wanted to try the Sigma. Before trading the 300, I did some test and, yes the prime was a bit sharper at 300 and F4 about equal at 5.6, but at 200, the Sigma was as good as my 70-200 2.8IS. What really surprised me, was the AF. It is on par with the Canons. At least as fast as the 70-200, and very close to the 300. It is heavy, but I usually shoot sports with a monopod, so no problem there. Focus was good with both my 30D and 1dmk2. A great sports lens!

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

Review Date: May 1, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $850.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Range, AF and solid construction
Distortion on wide end

Traded a 17-55/2.8is for the 24-105. Did this when I traded my 20D for a 1dmkii. I love the range and size of this lens. AF is spot on. Great walk around for the 1D! There is some barrel distortion on the wide end, but somewhat expected with a zoom range of this degree. With this on a 1d and a 70-200 on my 30D, great combo and range.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Dec 29, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $580.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, Good Contrast and IS.
AF not Ring USM, but knew that going in.

Love this lens. Debated on this ot the 70-200 F4, but this was just more versitle. Happy I made this choice. Holding on to my 70-210 USM until I try this for the kids sports, but AF is not that bad, so I think it will be ok. First IS lens, and can tell a huge difference. Works well with my Tamron 1.4 TC also.

Tokina 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 AT-X 840 AF-II

Review Date: Nov 9, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Size, Range, Build
Not much considering the range and price

Great build, and somewhat small size. Optics are fairly good as is the AF. Sure I'd like a 100-400 L, but this was 1/4 the price with more range. Not a lens I use every day, but a fun one to take to the zoo or when you are not sure what you might be shooting.

Canon Deluxe Backpack 200 EG

Review Date: Jul 5, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $40.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Size, price and fit. Holds all my equipment. I still use a smaller bag for a short trip when I only need one or two lenses, but nice to be able to carry everything. For the price, hard to beat.
The zipper unzips too easy. The first weekend I used it, my 10d with BG-3 and Tamron 28-75, fell out. I had pulled each zipper to a 12:00 position. When i turned the bag so the weight was shifted toward the top of the bag, the camera fell out, pushing open the zipper. Fortunately, nothing broke. I now pull one zipper all trhe way around and have not had anymore problems.