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

Review Date: Dec 19, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $700.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very versatile focal range. Effective stabilization - at least 2 stops. Good and consistent image quality across all focal lengths, although not prime kind of quality (there are no miracles!). Quiet, fast and reliable AF. Not too expensive (especially if bought as a kit).
Some distortion @24mm but easily corrected in Post Production. A bit bulky and a bit heavy but that's the price you pay for such a versatile lens. I wish it was f/2.8. :)

This lens is very versatile. Is my walk around zoom. Has never let me down.
Very well built. Reliable, fast and silent AF. Good image quality since f/4, although not at prime level (of course!). You may notice visible vignetting and distortion @24mm at max aperture but that is very easily corrected in post production.
It is a bit bulky and somewhat heavy lens but that is the price you pay for such a versatile lens. But it balances very well on my 6D.
For the price, it is a very good offer.

Tamron 17-35MM F/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical (IF)

Review Date: Sep 30, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $225.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Cheap, lightweight, sharp enough (center), f/2.8.
Soft corners and vignetting wide open, some CA.

This lens was a nice surprise.
I bought mine used like new (it is not produced anymore). I wanted a cheap option for UWA and I found this bargain. I was unsure about it because of some reports of its under performance in FF (I use a Canon 6D) but I cannot complain (too much) about it. The image quality is very good in the center of the frame (really a good surprise) although a little poor in the corners.
But overall, I'm truly satisfied with this lens.
Yeah it has some CAs, yeah it has some corner softness, yeah you get noticeable vignetting wide open but, hey, that happens also with Canon 17-40 L! And you have a bonus of having f/2.8 in the wide end with this lens. Wink
Couldn't ask for more for the price.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Sep 26, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $100.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Lightweight, very sharp and very cheap!
Focus hunts in low light, focus noise, build (cheap plastic), bokeh very nervous.

Boy this lens is a winner! For 100 bucks you get (almost) the image quality of a thousand bucks glass!
You can't go wrong with this lens. It's so cheap that you can sell it and get a more expensive one later without feeling too bad about it.
The image quality is impressive, especially from f/2.8 onwards. For this price it is an incredible value proposition.
Now the bad news: it's built very poorly (all cheap plastic); the bokeh is very nervous (not a cream machine here); the focus is loud and tends to hunt very much in low light.

I recommend this lens to every amateur photographer that uses kit lenses. This lens will be a major upgrade for very little money.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Sep 26, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very fast and accurate AF, excellent sharpness, nice bokeh, cheap, small and lightweight... what else can you ask for?
None, really.

A must have in every amateur portrait photographer bag.
You can't go wrong with this lens. It's incredibly fast to focus (very accurate too) and delivers fantastic results!
The bokeh is very nice and sharpness, color and contrast are very satisfying also.
Moreover it is cheap, small and light. Other 85mm alternatives are so much more expensive and heavy, therefore out of question for me (I'm just an enthusiastic photographer).
I can't really mention something bad about this lens (relevant at least). Maybe just the fact that the lens shows some CA but nothing serious from my perspective.
Love this lens!

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS

Review Date: Sep 8, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Light, compact, IS, close focus ability and... fantastic image quality!
It's not f/1.4. :) NOTE: No lens wood is provided with the lens.

This lens is glued to my Canon 6D. I love the 35mm on FF and I'm in love with this lens. It really delivers great image quality. I have no problems shooting with it right from maximum aperture (you will have some visible vigneting but I kind of like it). At around f/4 this lens reaches perfection!
The IS works very well and the focus is fast and so accurate!
The bokeh is very nice also (much better than the old version).
As it is lighter, smaller and cheaper than the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 I ended up going for it. I do not regret my decision, I have zero complaints!
The only downfall is that it is not f/1.4.... Smile

You can find my personal review of it here:!canon-35-f2-is-usm/c1n3k