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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

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Review Date: Sep 14, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,300.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharper, faster focus, better color rendition than predecessor.
Cons:
Can still accidentally turn off AF and/or IS while handling the lens (although lower profile switches than b/4)

The mark II is a huge improvement over an already good lens. I heard great reviews but was blown away by the sharpness wide open at every focal length. I haven't used it on a full frame body, but it is sharp to the corners on H and C sensors. Low light focus hit rates (even using a 50D) were much improved. It was hard to get an OOF shot until I accidentally switch off AF. This is a great lens that is worth saving your pennies to purchase. Suprisingly it even took quite sharp shots with a 2x extender and focused FAST.

 
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX SD

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Review Date: Aug 26, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: I've had this lens for almost a year. It is fast and sharp. I am impressed by the corner sharpness over the Canon 10-22. It performs great in low light and can be used wide open. Nice build quality. Reasonably fast focus. Takes a B+W UV filter with front threads (to hold lens cap) without vinetting at 11mm on my 50D. Great color and contrast. By far the best wide angle crop lens I have used.
Cons:
CA can be an issue in high contrast areas. Lens hood was loose from the beginning.



 
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

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Review Date: Oct 21, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,049.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, faster focus than earlier model, Excellent Image Stabilization, f/2.8
Cons:
None

I have used both the second generation Canon 100mm macro (non-IS) and the Canon 180mm macro. This lens is a great performer. The only thing I miss is the reach of the 180 when shooting insects. But the new generation IS significantly helps with handheld macro and makes this a great lens for close portrait. It is clearly sharper than my 70-200 f/2.8 IS and focuses almost as fast (when you use the focus limiter to remove macro focus). It is also quite light (very similar to the 100mm non-IS) but well built. I realize that it is pricey but the ability to use the lens for more than macro sealed the deal for me.