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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Oct 30, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,150.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast, silent focusing. IS. Build. Sharp and contrasty
I wish that it was at f/2.8, but then again aren't we all still waiting for that 3D?

I have had this lens for about three days now. Let me say that I went through mental battle - like many others - comparing this lens and the 24-70 f/2.8 ... I really don't think there is a right or wrong decisions there. I think the dozens of FM threads on the topic will back me up. This lens is very sharp and very quick. So far as I can tell, it is one of the most useful focal ranges made with this type of quality build and IS. I was planning on keeping this in conjunction with my Sigma 24-70 f/2.8, but might end up selling the Sigy. I was playing around with the L, and today was able to get acceptable images with sub-10th shutter speeds. by 1/20, you can get a razor sharp image, so long as your subject is relatively still and you have a good technique. 30-60 range .... forget it! You're talking WOW. Love it so far, sure it is not as sharp as my 70-200, but I didn't think it would be. Oh, and any ninny who rated this lens a 3 or a 4 must be on PCP, I could see a 6 or 7 rating for those who either really really need that extra stop, or got an usharp copy, but anything less then a 5 is obviously induced by crack. I rated it a 10, just balance out the nimrods who put 3. I would more realistically call it a 9.

Sigma 15-30mm f3.5-4.5 EX Aspherical DG DF

Review Date: Oct 25, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $350.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Price, Price, Price. Good range ... pretty sharp. For the price and If you don't shoot a ton of super-wide this is a good option.
CA is obvious at the low end of the range and when opened up, however not nearly as bad as you'd expect for a lens that can be had on the BS forum for $350. Heavy. Terrible lens cap. Loud focus.

Bought this lens here on Buy/Sell.
I really wanted a superwide to slap on my MkII from time to time, but wasn't interested in dropping a ton of cash. I bought this on a total whim, not expecting to be impressed. Let me say that I have been pleasantly suprised. The focus is quick and sharp, and outside of the terrible lens cap setup and the loud as heck auto-focus. This lens is a great super wide zoom for the dollar. I would have loved to see it as a f/4 all the way through. 4.5 on the long end is not so great, but I would have given up 3.5 on the wide end for a consistant f/4. If you are getting this thing for under $400, don't hesitate. It is worth it!

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jun 30, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: White lens makes me look sooooo punk-rock, speed, sharpness, build, silent AF
A bit heavy, but f/2.8 and all, Hunts at moments .... am really stretching here

I bought this lens to replace my Sigma DG 70-200 f/2.8. The Sigma is a great lens in its own respect, but the L is truly wortht the extra couple hundred bucks, SERIOULSY. On FF this is a dream. The color and sharpness are akin to a prime lense. The AF is wonderful. If you can do with out the IS, this is easily the best telphoto zoom out there. With a 1.4 tc on a crop body, it also will kick it at outdoor sports. GET ONE.