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Re: Your favorite older EF lens
« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2014, 05:24:12 PM »
EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro.

This is the only lens I own that Canon released prior to 2005. My copy was manufactured in 6/2003, and I bought it a month later, back when I was shooting with a 10D.

Don't use it very often, but never disappointed when I do.
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Re: Your favorite older EF lens
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Re: Your favorite older EF lens
« Reply #16 on: August 29, 2014, 05:52:03 PM »
100mm Macro 2.8 USM bought in the 90ies...

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Re: Your favorite older EF lens
« Reply #17 on: August 29, 2014, 06:48:04 PM »
EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye  8)
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Re: Your favorite older EF lens
« Reply #18 on: August 29, 2014, 07:23:24 PM »
I have both the 300mm f/4 and the 400mm f/5.6 classic lenses.  Generally used for wildlife, BIF and snapping candids in the park. Not too big or heavy, easily handhold able, and produce sharp images. Usually shoot with a 5D classic or 6D, but will pick a 40D or 60D for small birds. 
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Re: Your favorite older EF lens
« Reply #19 on: August 29, 2014, 11:17:56 PM »
My 1987 300mm f2.8 non-IS is still crushing it out of the park.  I've had to have the diaphragm replaced but the AF motor is still going strong (knock wood) and its sharper than a Colbert Correspondents Dinner speech, even with a 2x TC.  I love that thing to pieces and I hope it never ever dies. Knock wood.

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Re: Your favorite older EF lens
« Reply #20 on: August 29, 2014, 11:56:25 PM »
50mm 1.8
135mm f/2
80-200mm f/2.8

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Re: Your favorite older EF lens
« Reply #21 on: August 30, 2014, 02:28:12 AM »
85mm 1.8 usm
28mm 1.8 usm

used to have the 20mm 2.8 usm but that lens SUCKED.  :)
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Re: Your favorite older EF lens
« Reply #22 on: August 30, 2014, 11:03:57 AM »
Canon 70-200mm/2.8 (non IS)
Canon 50mm/1.4
Sigma 14mm/2.8

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Re: Your favorite older EF lens
« Reply #23 on: August 30, 2014, 11:04:47 AM »
Canon EF 35-350mmL f/3.5-5.6.

Most underrated lens ever.
WAYYY better than the 28-300mm and 1/2 the price.
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Re: Your favorite older EF lens
« Reply #24 on: September 02, 2014, 04:32:15 AM »
200 2.8L i and ii
400 5.6L

Both still no problem to deliver good images at Canon 70d even at 100% and wide open.

70-200 2.8L, 24-105/4 IS is indeed very fine lens and still very competitive.

85 1.8 ,100 2.0 and 100 2.8 USM macro....great lens.

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Re: Your favorite older EF lens
« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2014, 12:49:32 PM »
200 2.8L i and ii
400 5.6L

Both still no problem to deliver good images at Canon 70d even at 100% and wide open.

70-200 2.8L, 24-105/4 IS is indeed very fine lens and still very competitive.

85 1.8 ,100 2.0 and 100 2.8 USM macro....great lens.

Yes that 24-105/4 IS is a superb lens.
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Re: Your favorite older EF lens
« Reply #26 on: September 02, 2014, 10:49:38 PM »
Gotta be the 135 f/2.

For the most part I have only their new lenses now since they;ve been on such a roll of producing world beating lenses lately. (Unless maybe you count my 300 2.8 IS as old, but that design came out well past the intro of EOS, well, well past).

Main Canon lenses now are: 16-35 f/4 IS, 24-70 2.8 II, 100L, 135L, 70-300L, 300 2.8 IS L (and 50 1.4 but the AF is poorly created) (also have an old 35-70mm).

Also using Bower 14mm 2.8.

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Re: Your favorite older EF lens
« Reply #27 on: September 02, 2014, 11:07:08 PM »
Of the really old and long discontinued lenses, I like the 70-210mm f/4.  Its a push-pull zoom that lets you zoom and focus in one quick motion.  For a low cost lens, it makes great cat photos too ;)

The cat photos were taken several years ago with my 40D.  I've since gave the lens to my daughter, and she loves it. 






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Re: Your favorite older EF lens
« Reply #28 on: September 03, 2014, 12:35:28 AM »
If memory serves me correctly, the very first EF I purchased was the 50-200/3.5-4.5L. And I also recall it was very hard to find at the time, perhaps on its way to being discontinued (?). Shortly thereafter I purchased the 100-300/5.6L. Too bad IS wasn't around for these two fine optics.

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Re: Your favorite older EF lens
« Reply #29 on: September 03, 2014, 12:57:06 AM »
L 300 f/4is...what a sleeper from 1998 this one is. I sold mine when I bought my 300 f/2.8is but bought another recently. There is room for both lenses in any kit. The f/4 is so light & small, and focuses so close I can use it as a macro. I shoot food with this lens. It's a very different look.

Other than the 300, I'm not remotely sentimental about old glass. Newer the better in my studio.

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« Reply #29 on: September 03, 2014, 12:57:06 AM »