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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

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Review Date: Aug 28, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $999.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Small size, sharpness.
Cons:
Need to lock lens to prevent it moving when at rest. Bokeh not quite as attractive as 70-200 F2.8 or 135L.

I have previously purchased the 100 macro, 135L, 70-200 F4 and F2.8 so after doing much research I purchased this lens and have been quite delighted with it.

I have not experienced the softness that some reviewers have noted and have found the sharpness good.

After reading the review on Luminous Landscape by Michael Reichman, I had purchased some additional sharpening software as the review suggested (FocalBlade, PK Sharpener), but so far I have not really required the sharpening software, thought it does help a little.

Examples of my shots with the camera are at:

http://www.alistairdavidson.com/photos2006/yellow_rose.htm

http://www.alistairdavidson.com/photos2006/setting_sun_in_palo_alto.htm

http://www.alistairdavidson.com/photos2006/butterfly_at_the_di_rosa.htm

http://www.alistairdavidson.com/photos2006/hess_winery.htm

http://alistairdavidson.com/photos2006/magic_light.htm

Overall, I anticipate that I will be using this lens a great deal. I take my camera with me everywhere and often would leave behind the marvellous but rather heavy 70-200 F2.8L, which I do plan on keeping for stationary situations.

Highly recommended.


 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Aug 16, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Useful range, good walk around lens, pictures need little post processing
Cons:
A little long and heavy

I have been using this lens as my primary walk around lens for about six months. I just did two political fund raisers with lens and found it exceptionally useful. At the last one, I shot around 500 pictures in about two hours and this lens produced a very high number of keepers that have required not post-processing. It's probably my most useful lens and produced some exceptionally good portraits with and without flash.

Highly recommended.

By way of comparison, I have the 17-40 F4L, the 23-85 F3.5, the 70-200 F2.8L in addition to a selection of fast primes.