Canon 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM EF Review Round-Up

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The 75-300mm IS lens was popular because of its useful focal length range, small size, light weight, midrange price and Image Stabilization. The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens improves this overall package (sacrificing only price somewhat). In my opinion, image stabilization is the best feature of this lens. It is a significant help when shooting stationary subjects without a tripod. READ FULL REVIEW

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Canon 50mm f/2.5 macro EF Review Round-Up

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The EF 50mm f/2.5 macro is a fairly unexciting lens but it offers a very high performance despite its ancient design. The quality of the construction is fairly decent though not stellar. By today’s standards the micro motor as well is a little outdated. Same goes for the life-size converter which is needed to achieve a 1:1 magnification. The new EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM macro has been improved in these respects – at higher costs and with reduced image circle.
So if you’re looking for an affordable, high performance standard lens with macro capabilities the EF 50mm f/2.5 macro can still be recommended. READ FULL REVIEW

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Canon 35mm f/2 EF Review Round-Up

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The Canon EF 35mm f/2 proved to be a decent lens with very good performance figures in all primary characteristics. There’s a little quality penalty at its largest aperture setting where the resolution is a little on the soft side combined with relatively high vignetting but the peak performance at medium apertures is highly impressive. Mechanically the lens is a little outdated by now and Canon should really consider to upgrade the lens with a USM drive and especially a decent focus ring. READ FULL REVIEW

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Canon 20-35mm f/2.8 L EF Review Round-Up

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The Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8 L may be old, even ancient by consumer electronics standards but it’s still capable to deliver high quality images specifically regarding resolution and low vignetting (on APS-C DSLRs) whereas distortions, field curvature and CAs are a little on the high side. Thanks to L-grade build quality it feels very solid but expect that time has taken its toll from a ~15 years old lens. If you can find a sample in decent condition it is still worth a deeper look but remember that it is probably beyond repair in case of malfunctions due to rare spare parts. READ FULL REVIEW

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Canon 60mm f/2.8 USM macro EF-S Review Round-Up

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So they do exist – high-performance lenses with a reduced image circle. The Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM macro delivers an almost flawless performance. The lens is capable to provide very sharp border-to-border results with minimal distortions and low CAs. The bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is exceptionally smooth. The only dirty spot on its otherwise clean vest is high vignetting at f/2.8 towards infinity focus but one stop down the issue is pretty much resolved. So combined with its high build quality, very fast AF and a pretty affordable price the only verdict can be … highly recommended! READ FULL REVIEW

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Canon 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM EF Review Round-Up

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It is a little difficult to find a verdict for the Canon EF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM. The lens is capable to deliver a very high resolution which surely originates in the rather conservative zoom ratio. However, at the wide-end it suffers from very pronounced residual aberrations so you may run into situations where you cannot exploit the potential of the lens. If you ´re primarily shooting landscapes with rather long focus distance settings this will not be much of an issue but for at closer settings you should either choose a small aperture (f/11) or do at least a depth-of-field preview check. Other than that the lens performed according to its class. The zoom range isn ´t all that attractive on APS-C DSLRs but it may be worth a look for 1.3x or FF DSLRs (not tested in this scope). READ FULL REVIEW

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Canon 24mm f/3.5 L TS-E Review Round-Up

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The Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L is something of a mixed bag. The lens is surely able to provide a decent performance in all important characteristics but that’s without delivering anything stellar … which is something you may expect from a lens in this price class. The most fascinating aspects are naturally the tilt-shift functions and if this is a requirement for you there’re simply no alternatives in this focal length class. If you’re just looking for high-performance 24mm lens there’ll be better alternatives out there. READ FULL REVIEW

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Canon 90mm f/2.8 TS-E Review Round-Up

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The Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 is an interesting lens for those seeking the maximum of perspective and depth-of-field control – at a price of around 1250 US$/€. Technically the lens is about as good as it gets including excellent resolution, absent CAs and zero distortions. When choosing neutral TS settings the lens shows only marginal vignetting at f/2.8 but the more you push the TS feature to the max the problem increases accordingly (1.5EV at the most extreme setting). The build quality is exceptionally high. A drawback by design is the lack of an AF motor so you’ve to rely on your manual focusing skills here. READ FULL REVIEW

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Canon 70-200mm f/4L USM EF Review Round-Up

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Get information and user reviews for this lens at Amazon: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

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The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 USM L is a very harmonic package combining exceptional build quality with an excellent and very even optical performance throughout the range. Adding an EF 1.4x II only results is a slight loss of quality which is remarkable for such a slow speed zoom. And even better the price tag of this lens is amazingly low for what it offers … or to be precise: what it can offer. Unfortunately the quality of the two tested samples varied quite a bit which is a little disappointing especially regarding the L designation. So if you can get a good one the EF 70-200mm f/4 USM L can be highly recommended! READ FULL REVIEW

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