LENSES I OWN:

    Tamron EF-S 17-50mm f/2.8 VC

17-50Will not work on Full Frame cameras (5D Mkiii)
Great zoom range for S35 (APS-C) cameras.
f/2.8 constant aperture, great for low light.
VC is very useful on a standard zoom lens, as is often used handheld.
Not the sharpest lens
Build quality is solid, but not much focus throw (less than 90°)

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     Canon EF  70-200mm f/2.8 L

70-200 canGreat telephoto range 
f/2.8 constant aperture, great for low light.
No image stabilisation, I don’t think it’s worth the extra money. Can’t shoot handheld at 200mm anyway!
Tack sharp across zoom range
Build quality is solid, no weather sealing. Good focus throw.

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    Canon 40mm f/2.8

40mmGreat mid-range focal length – I find 50mm too tight on a crop sensor.
Aperture of f/2.8 means that it’s easy to keep things in focus, and yet it’s still fairly good in lowlight.
Very good optics.
Extremely lightweight, decent build quality. 
Focus ring is smooth and has a good throw, but it is quite small and a little loud.

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 OTHER LENSES I RECOMMEND:

     Tamron EF 24-70mm f/2.8 VC

24-70 tamGreat range for full frame or S35.
f/2.8 constant aperture, great for low light.
VC stabilisation works brilliantly, and is very useful on this zoom range.
Almost as sharp as Canon equivalent.
Build quality is solid, no weather sealing. Only  90° focus throw.

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     Tokina EF-S 11-16mm f/2.8

11-16Best wide angle choice  S35 (APS-C) cameras.
Will not work on Full Frame cameras (does work at 17mm)
f/2.8 constant aperture, great for low light.
No image stabilisation, not really needed on such a wide lens.
Very sharp
Build quality is solid

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     Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC

70-200 tammyGreat choice for cheaper alternative to canon telephoto lenses.
Great telephoto range 
f/2.8 constant aperture, great for low light.
Very impressive image stabilisation.
Sharp
Build quality is solid, no weather sealing.

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    Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

50mm 18Very useful focal length for full frame, bit tight for S35 but still worthwhile. 
f/1.8  aperture, great for low light, but will have a VERY shallow depth of field (especially on full frame).
Very sharp
Build quality is extremely plasticy, and focus ring is far from smooth, and again only about  90° focus throw.
Budget friendly!

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 OPTICS:

 

    Variable ND Filter

genusEnables shooting at f/1.4 in sunny conditions if necessary!
Sharpness is good
Slight colour cast

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    Hoya Pro-1 UV filter

uv filterFor protecting the front element of a lens
Can be replaced if scratched – unlike the lens
UV doesn’t affect digital cameras
Doesn’t affect sharpness or colour, unless on a telephoto lens

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     Macro Tubes

macroVery cheap way of enabling lenses for extremely close focusing macro shots
Doesn’t seem to affect sharpness
No electronics – no autofocus, IS, or electronic aperture control

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     Dinkum FlareDinkum

dinkumSimple design, cold shoe mounted flexible arm with metal flag to block sunlight
Pretty effective, however not as good as matte-box where light is blocked from all angles
Much cheaper and lighter than any mattebox

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