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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: May 20, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $495.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Small and light (compared to the 24-70 2.8), very sharp
None so far

I just purchased this lens from a fellow FM'er and it's done very well for me. It should be noted that my demands are not high, I'm not producing prints that others will purchase and not pixel peeping, but for my needs it's fabulous. It's light enough for me to have as a walk around lens, not intrusive, and has enough of a focal range to allow me a great deal of flexibility framing. I'm shooting with a 6D and find it's plenty wide enough for most every shot. I've not found the f/4 to be limiting yet, but I suppose at some point it may be...bottom line is the 6D is so good at high ISO it's likely not going to be an issue. My subjects are people and places and for that, this lens is very, very good.

Lowepro CompuTrekker AW

Review Date: Jan 4, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Holds 400 2.8 and gets through security with ease; wheels and backpack option; very reliable - been using it for four years.

My only issue is that the case has a large hump in the middle (where the extension for pushing/pulling it around retracts) that can make carrying a Canon 2.8 a pain. I have removed the divider on one side so that the monopod mount flattens out more efficiently - but this has meant having to make sure the gear that used to be protected by the divider now gets protected by either padded camera straps or other dividers (depending on my mood). All in all, it's an effective work around.

As for the can put the Canon 400 2.8, 70-200 2.8, 24-70 2.8 and two bodies in it comfortably, as well as accessories. It will also hold your computer, but in order to get it into SW Air overheads I have to remove the computer.

It's very sturdy - I've had mine for four seasons of football, traveled up and down the west coast and while it shows some wear and tear, it's still a great piece of luggage. It's also been a godsend to have those backpack straps when we have to hike through a non-paved parking lot. It's comfortable on the back.

I've never used the rain cover and wish I could remove it without having to tear it out - but that's a minor issue.