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Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM

Review Date: Oct 30, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Super sharp, excelent build quality, good color and contrast.
AF at macro distances (it's fine at non-macro distances and set to focus that way).

This lens is really sharp. It's easy to get good images of things that don't want me all that close and the ability to use extenders and extension tubes gives this lens a lot of versatility and power.

I don't really care about auto focus when I'm doing macro work and it is reasonably fast when set to distant focus and is being used as a telephoto - so I have no reason to lower its score on that count.

When this is set up with flash adaptors, flashes, extension tubes, and tele-converters, it can get a bit heavy, and it's not light to start with, but that's all part of the game. If it moves slowly, a tripod is a nice respite, but for timid fast moving targets... well, it's a bit of a workout.

Gorgeous, crisp, colorful images out of this. Highly recommended!

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Oct 30, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,050.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Wide aperture, wide angle, solid build, good contrast and color, sharpness.
Vignetting wide open, slight softness at corners - all to be expected on a wide lens with a full frame camera.

I've really been having a lot of fun with this lens. It's exceeded my expectations in many areas and as long as one understands the limitations inherent in this type of lens - especially on a full frame camera, it will definitely please.

It handles lens flare well, has excelent color and contrast, is quite sharp in the center and is only slightly soft in the corners. The extra full stop (compared to the 17-40mm f/4) makes this great indoors and the extra wide angle makes it wonderful for landscapes.

Highly recommended.