samo's reviews

  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

    10 out of 10 points and recommended
    Light, fast, sharp and cheap.
    Construction as cheap as it is.

    Very fast, very sharp, inexpensive (around 120 here in Mexico) and small prime. A definitely must have for every Canon shooter. Mounted in my XT, it becomes a very unintrusive combination, just bigger than a high end P&S. On my 5d, it shows it's flaws, specially on the borders of the frame, but stopped down to 2.8, it's a really good performer.

    reviewed January 1st, 2007 (purchased for $120)
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    Awesome IQ, great multipurpose range.
    Heavy, expensive.

    The ultimate event lens. I use this baby to shoot weddings, mounted on a 5D, and boy it delivers. It's really sharp even wide open, with very good contrast and color, autofocus is fast and accurate. My keeper rate is very high. On the downside, it's heavy and feels unbalanced without the battery grip, so add more weight to the formula.

    This is one of the best midrange tele-zooms in Canon's lineup, just be careful using it if you have a bad back.

    reviewed January 1st, 2007 (purchased for $1,140)
  • Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro

    8 out of 10 points and recommended
    Great IQ, fast, not-so-expensive.
    A bit noisy, weird MF setup.

    Great image quality, good contrast and color. I used this lens on a Rebel XT when I first bought it, and I was really disapointed with the AF performance. Then I got a 5D, and it's showing it's capabilities. It hunts occasionally, but overall, it works great.

    On the downside, it's filter size is bigger than expected (82mm), I can't seem to get used to the manual focus system, and since I shoot weddings, i wish it was a bit less noisy.

    Great performance- price ratio.

    reviewed January 1st, 2007 (purchased for $600)