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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Sep 30, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness, AF (both accuracy and speed), speed, bokeh, almost total absense of CA (yes, there is CA visible, but under extreme circumstances), colors seem very natural. Smooth zoom, smooth manual focus (why would you WANT that???). Build quality, it feels rock-solid.
Weight. It is heavy. Price. But you get the very best available. That's worth someting. And frankly: it's not that expensive considering what you get. Other then that, none...

Sharpness redefined. That about says it all. Awesome. Incredible. The thing is, you just have to see it yourself. Optical perfection. The very shallow DOF is amazing when taking portraits at about 100-150mm. Just a few millimeters. And the background blurs so beautifully, the bokeh is buttersmooth.

If you can afford it, Just do it. You won't regret it.

I wish I could rate it '11'. 10+ at least.

Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

Review Date: Jun 24, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness (at all apertures), build quality, range, very good optical quality in general, cheap, relatively light-weight, nice 'carry around' lens. Accurate and reliable AF.
One can be disappointed that the AF isn't "Canon-USM lightning fast" (minor con), the focus-ring turns, albeit not at the front, so your polirizer does not turn. You easily / frequently put your finger on the turning focus ring though. (a more m

Very well built lens. Not like a tank, as a Canon "L", but it comes pretty close. It feels heavy when you first hold it. You expect al lot less weight from the looks of it.

Optical performance is just outstanding. Get your hands on a copy, shoot some test shots and see for yourself. Absolutely matches the far more expensive "L" series Canon zoom-lenses, in about the same range. No signs of CA, no vignetting detected at 1.6x crop, e very tiny bit of vignetting wide open at full-frame. Nothing serious though.

A very nice range, but then that's not objective (no pun intended).

Some say it has a very slight yellow color cast (not 100% perfect coating). That may be the case, but it is hardly detectable. The pictures are beutifully saturated, sharp, very detailed, at all apertures and focal lengths. Distortion is almost totally absent (again, at the entire zoom range).

I have found it to be a real bargain. You get a shipload of value for a very reasonably price. Nothing can beat that. Well done, Tamron!