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Since April 2009, I've been using a Canon 40D with:


Canon 24mm f2.8 - nice, but gives significant barrel distortion making anything that dominates the frame look bulbous.


Canon 100mm f2.8 macro - OK, but only sharp from f4-f11, making it kind of a poor choice for macro.


Canon 50mm f1.4 - best lens I've ever owned. Tack sharp from f2.8-f16. Great for macro (with extension tubes) at f16, great bokeh at f1.4 for portraits.


Canon EF 100-300mm f5.6 L - At 300mm, it gives a soft-focus until f9. Otherwise, the quality is excellent for a zoom. Not sure why Canon didn't put a rotating tripod collar on this lens.


Canon EF 28-105mm f3.5-4.5 - quality is good, but not as good as a prime. Looks a little like shooting through cellophane.


Tokina 400mm f8 - grainy, not super-sharp, poor contrast, with strong cyan/magenta borders of highlights (chromatic aberration). Still, it's 400mm and has a rotating tripod collar so I use it for birds sometimes.


Kenko extension tubes.


Manual Nikon speedlight flash


Earlier pictures are taken with a Nikon D50 using:


- Nikon Nikkor 60mm f2.6 macro (1/1). My best Nikon lens. Pin-sharp at f11. Only complaint is that the front element is recessed, making lighting difficult with 68mm of extension tubes.


- Nikkor 24-85 f2.8-4 - It's not as sharp as the Nikkor 60mm, but the quality is still very good and the zoom feature is so handy that this is rapidly becoming my most used lens.


- Tamron 28-70mm f3.5-4.5. Blurry, poor color and contrast, and all the movable parts were loose.


- Nikon 70-210mm f4-5.6. Tends to produce some weird cyan/magenta highlights on back-lit subjects at 210mm. It's fairly sharp, but could be better. Using it with extention tubes makes it look grainy somehow. I wish it had a rotating tripod mount!


- 500mm f18 POS

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  • JoinedMay 2005
  • OccupationComputer Programmer
  • Current cityNorth of Spartanburg, SC
  • CountryUSA
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