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Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2013, 10:21:02 PM »
For me it's the TS-E 90mm. It is hardly ever mentioned, although the image quality is excellent.

This one is on my wish list for sure...
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« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2013, 10:21:15 PM »
The Dinosaur among the sleepers:

The Tamron 28-105 1:2.8

I've never seen one of these in person... I'd like to try one
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« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2013, 10:54:38 PM »
Canon 28mm F1.8 USM.  One of the most hated/loved lens.  I definitely love mine.  Very fast AF, fast aperture, very sharp images @ 2.0 and smaller, small, light (what's not to love?), but with some noticeable CA (sometimes).  Pair it with LR/DPP and those CA almost disappear/negligible.  I'm still saving for my first FF (a 6D).  Hopefully it'll be a better performer.

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« Reply #18 on: July 18, 2013, 11:27:26 PM »
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The most underrated, overlooked lens I have is the EF-S 60mm macro. It does everything from macro to landscapes and usually gives a unique look. I can usually tell a picture taken with this lens. Here's one of my favorite pictures that no one would ever guess was taken with a macro lens:




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« Reply #19 on: July 18, 2013, 11:28:20 PM »
There are some older lenses that are not commonly found any longer that are low cost, yet do a good job for their price.
The old EF 70-210mm F/4 does a fair job, as does the old Tokina 400mm f/5.6 and the Tokina 17mm f/3.5.

I've got the Tokina 17/3.5, and it certainly does the job, especially on film (there's no point using it on my 7D, it's not as good as my EF-s 15-85).

And my Super Ozeck 28mm f/2.8 Macro is great (even if it's only 1:2 macro), i've never found much on it by googling so it can't be too common. Small, sharp, and light, makes a great street-lens hyperfocalled on my EOS 3, I bring it together with my Shorty McForty and swap either between camera and pocket.
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Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« Reply #20 on: July 19, 2013, 01:48:49 AM »
Tamron 28-75 2.8
Much smaller and lighter than either 24-70, and perfect all around lens. 2.8 all the way, goes up to 75, where I often found myself taking portraits.

Copy I had was quite sharp in the centre, in line with Tamron 24-70, but edges aren't it's thing.
However, for people pictures, great. Also inexpensive, small, travel alternative.

They say focus is slow. I don't agree, but it's loud, which makes it appear slower... Vanity made me upgrade to Tamron 24-70, but I'm not sure I'm getting better pictures now...

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Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« Reply #21 on: July 19, 2013, 02:51:02 AM »
Does anyone have a lens (or a few) that they love, but rarely comes up in conversation, isn't reviewed well online, is overshadowed by an alternative, etc?

Mine is the 50 1.8.  Even though it's not totally overshadowed, but I think it tends to get pushed aside in favor of the 50 1.4 more than it deserves

well, I love my 100f2USM lens and I think it is an L quality lens.
I also love my old Nikon AIS105mmf2.5 on my D800 and  my 6D via adapter.
I also love Samyang 8mm fisheye lens.
I think the 35mm f2ISUSM is also a great sleeper lens ,everybody loves the Sigma or the L and seldom talks about this lens but I think the new IS version of 35mm f2 is one of the best Canon primes.


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« Reply #22 on: July 19, 2013, 03:06:53 AM »
Underrated lenses:
  • EF 135L ("so old!", "no IS") -- I hesitated waaay too long before I bought it...
  • EF 35mm f/2 -- very sharp in center (in corners not so much), short minimum focusing distance, very accurate AF -- this is a viable alternative to my 24-70 f/2.8 Mk II in many situations, it's way lighter, it's way smaller. I often use it for video (manual focus is very OK, fairly accurate and barely audible). It's excellent for closeup portraits, with face details, like eyes.

Overrated lenses:
  • EF 85mm f/1.8 -- no contrast, AF often misses (which negates the overall sharpness argument).
  • EF-S 15-85mm f/1.8 -- AF unacceptable for a walkaround zoom.

This is all on crop, 7D, BTW.

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« Reply #23 on: July 19, 2013, 03:35:10 AM »
Samyang 14mm: One of the most arty lenses I own. The 'moustache' distortion is no dealbreaker for my use of this lens. Excellent sharpness and colors and the (self added) addition of an AF confirmation chip makes it sweet to use (MF is otherwise almost impossible due to the large DOF in the viewfinder, even with an EF-S screen). Costs next to nothing too compared to the 14mm L. Fully open it can create some wicked lens flare (that I like), but only fully open.

Sigma 20 mm: I have an excellent copy. Little known is that this lens creates fabulous bokeh when used up close and personal (The tiny MFD is the absolute strong point of this one), and I like the lens flare with the sun in the frame.

EF 35mm f/2: Not a perfect lens but due to its modest dimensions & weight it's fabulous for low light application when travelling.
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« Reply #24 on: July 19, 2013, 03:48:29 AM »
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The most underrated, overlooked lens I have is the EF-S 60mm macro. It does everything from macro to landscapes and usually gives a unique look.
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Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« Reply #25 on: July 19, 2013, 04:22:32 AM »
Tokina 300mm 2.8 is meant to be a hidden gem, that and the Tokina 17mm f/3.5 AF. I don't own either of these lenses, but i would like to! :)
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« Reply #26 on: July 19, 2013, 04:35:12 AM »
I've always considered the Canon EF 300mm f/4Lis to be one of the great "sleepers" of the Canon range.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EF_300mm_lens

I got one when they first shipped in 1997 and was astounded with what it could deliver at f/4 right up to the time I upgraded to the 300 f/2.8is. Honestly, I wish I'd hung onto the 300 f/4is. There is room in my life for two Canon 300mm lenses. Sure, you can hear the IS working away from 20 paces, but it more than makes up for this irrelevant shortcoming with it's very light weight, compact size (about the same as a 70-200) brilliantly sharp images wide open and its almost macro minimum focus distance of 1.5m. Great for a unique portrait, plus I used to shoot great food shots with it.

Hell....I'm going to get another one!

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« Reply #27 on: July 19, 2013, 04:46:10 AM »
For me it's the TS-E 90mm. It is hardly ever mentioned, although the image quality is excellent.

This one is on my wish list for sure...

+2 on the TS-E 90mm, I recently bought a 100mm Macro IS L that I love, but when I work with a tripod for close-ups (like flowers), I most of the time end using the 90 TS-E, since it's as sharp (if not more than the macro), and the tilt is a feature that cannot be replaced.

Another lens no one ever talks about is my 50mm f2.5 Compact Macro. It's light, cheap, has zero distortion, a perfectly flat field, and is brutally sharp until the very corners from f5.6.
The drawbacks are : no USM, only 1:2 macro (not very important for a 50mm IMO), it is soft in the corners and has lot of vignetting until f4. It's not a very good looking lens either ;) .

For subjects that require lots of DoF (landscape and architecture), it's probably the best Canon 50mm. Having been designed in 1987, it's one of the 2 oldest lenses in the Canon catalogue, (with the 135 f2.8 Soft Focus), it might be time that Canon replaces it. However for 269$ (B&H), it's a steal.
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« Reply #28 on: July 19, 2013, 04:55:07 AM »
I really like my old Sigma 400mm F/5.6 APO Macro HSM on my 550D. Great reach, quite fast AF, but sadly not re-chipped and thus no F/5.6.
Anyway, a really nice lens and great for birding :)

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« Reply #29 on: July 19, 2013, 06:40:51 AM »
I would have to say the Leica 35-70mm f4 R on a Leitax adapter.

I have a 16-35 ii, 24-70i and 70-200 ii, but the Leica is by far my favorite lens for Landscapes, I just love the 'look' that it gives to my images.

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