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Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM

Review Date: Jan 28, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great low light performer (f/2.8 + IS), very very sharp, good size and weight, excellent contrast, FTM.
Average built quality, no hood

This lense is great (for me I should add). For those like me who need a good low light performer, it is just the best choice for now among all the Canon lenses available today. It is just a so perfect walk-around lense, fast, sharp, IS very efficient, contrast and bokeh are just excellent. I also have other L lenses like the 24-105 /4 L IS, but I still think the 17-55 f2.8 IS is a better lense for demanding situations. Before bying it I compared to the 17-40 f/4 L (which is also a very good piece of glass), but decided for the EF-S lense.

Of course built quality is not to the level of most L lenses (like my 70-200 f/4 L IS), and the hood is not provided in the box (a shame considering the price - but luckily the hood from my 24-105 just fits perfectly!). But honestly it is not bad either (very similar to the EFS 10-22), it still feels like a very solid lense, and I have been carrying it everyday.

There have been peoples complaining about dust. I got mine last june, and took a LOT of shots with it (probably over 20 000), and I have no dust issue. I spent 3 weeks in Indonesia doing backpack travelling, hiking sulfur-filled volcanos, etc, and still no dust problem.

In fact I think so highly of this lense that I have not upgraded to the 5D yet, waiting for the next Canon xxD model to be released to make my choice.

If you live in a country where sun is available all the time, if you never need to do indoor shots without flash (like museums where often you cannot use the flash), or never take pictures at night, then you probably you do not need it.

Finally you can find a few pictures taken with this lense here (and many more on my pbase galleries) :

Fred Relaix
Canon EOS 350D (Rebel XT)•EF 50mm f/1.4• EF 100mm f/2.8 macro•EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS•EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS•EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS•EF 1.4x II•Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Jan 16, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, light, efficient IS, beautiful contrast and bokeh.
None. Really.

This lense is great. Before I used the 70-200 f/4L and the 70-300 f/4-5.6. I sold both of them and replaced with this one. It just does the job, quality, sharpness and contrast are amazing, built qualityt is L-class (unlike my 24-105 f/4), it is weather-protected, IS is very efficient (sharp shot can be taken a 1/15), and for me since I do a lot of travelling it is perfect since it is half the weight of the f/2.8 (which is just too heavy for me to carry along with my 5 other lenses).
In a word, if you can afford it, you will not regret it!

Here are a few pictures I took with this lense :