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Lowepro Pro Mag 2 AW

Pro20Mag
Review Date: Mar 18, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $110.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fits a pro body (mine's a 1D) with a long lens attached (up to 70-200 2.8). Great shoulder strap - I never feel the pain of too much weight on my shoulder. Also, I've been using this bag while riding my bicycle and it works quite well (no off-roading, just some car-dodging). Perfect hand carrying loop/strap. All-weather cover is useful and so is the no-drop pocket.
Cons:
Difficult to unzip main compartment when the bag's on your shoulder. Heavy, thanks to all that padding.

Not much else to add other than I'm in Canada and maybe that's why I got the bag so cheap (I paid ~140$CA back when the exchange rate was over 1.45$CA = 1$US).

 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

28-75mm
Review Date: Nov 11, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Light, fast, and inexpensive.
Cons:
Lens barrel extends when zooming.

Really, if you want a standard zoom (for Canon EOS system) with a maximum aperture of 2.8 then you have two real choices:

Canon's 24-70L or Tamron's 28-75XR. Obviously Canon's quality is higher. The question is: Is it worth the three times higher price and 1.86 times weight? For me, it wasn't even a possiblity - I was stuck with the Tamron. But I don't feel stuck now, I love this lens.