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Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Apr 25, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Quality engineering, superb build quality, smooth control action, colour, clarity, sharpness, good range of focal lengths, fast autofocus.
None, other than the ridiculous overpricing of the lens by Canon dealers in my country.

The best lens in my kit, without a doubt. Very useful for architectural shots especially interior ones. Performance from this lens is excellent, producing crystal clear shots, with good clarity and colour, giving an almost "3d type" quality to my shots.

The engineering quality of this lens is the best I've experienced. Nice smooth action on all controls and I particulary like the manual focus option on the autofocus setting. Canon if you're reading this, please put this feature on all your lenses! Dust seals on the mounting, nice touch.

Overall sharpness is amazing compared to my last Sigma wide angle (never again!). Bottom line, you get what you pay for. Make sure you get some form of lens protection, with a UV or skylight filter as the front element is large.

I have just returned from my holidays, where I used this lens much more than my other lenses, taking over 1000 shots with it in a 2 week period. This lens is utterly addictive and will burn a hole in your wallet if you are still using film based equipment !

Price of the lens is ridiculously overpriced in my country, So, I was forced to buy overseas in London where I saved a large amount of money. I would have prefered to buy in the US, where it is even cheaper still, but by the time customs duty is added, it works out more or less the same as here.

Bogen / Manfrotto 3001- Pro Tripod

Review Date: Mar 28, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $146.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Versatility and adjustability. Durable engineering quality. Low angle adapter. Spirit level included. Weight. Repositionable centre column.
For the price, should include carrying strap as standard.

This Tripod is easy to use and quick to setup. The flexibility of this tripod is excellent, allowing me to use it at very low angles or at eye level. The weight gives it a solidity that is welcome when photographing landscapes in the wind.

I matched my tripod with a Manfrotto MA222 Trigger Grip Ball Head which allows quick and precise positioning.