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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Aug 19, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $510.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Light weight, L glass, well made, inexpensive, sharp.

I bought this lens over 2 yrs ago and it was my walk around lens. Traveled all over Vietnam, and most of Asia with this lens. It's weight is perfect for travel. I shoot mostly outdoors, people and sights, so f/4 is fine. The L Glass on this lens produces excellent photos. It was my first L. 24-100 L and 100-400 L came after. I will note that this lens was stolen w/ 5D and other lenses. So, I'll will repurchase the 70-200 L but in IS, since that is the newest in this series. Get this lens, if you can't afford the IS and shoot mostly outdoors.

Epson Stylus Photo 2200

Review Date: Jan 9, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $750.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Durable, well built, Excellent Prints on Matte. I've had this printer since 04. Thousands of prints, mostly 11 x14 and 13 x19 and NO problems ever.
I hate the small ink cartridges and usually sell for $10.95 at Fry's or Staples.

Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

Review Date: Jul 8, 2007 Recommend? no | Price paid: $317.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: Price
Cheaply main body.

I've been shooting with this lens almost 3 yrs. I stopped using it 1 yr ago, because of warranty issues with Tamron. I had trouble with zooming and lens would lock up. I took it to warranty repair in Long Island NY. 3 weeks later they asked for $276 to repair, claiming it was in Shock. Well, I was Shocked, since I could buy a new one for another hundred bucks. The lense itself worked wonders. After reading other reviews on warranty issues, the 6 yrs limited warranty was something I didn't want to deal with. Again the light weight body and build was my issue. I buy nothing but Canon now. My travels take me all over and I need something Sturdy, Well Build and I'm must also admit I'm not as careful as I should be with equipment. Frankly I missed the weight and structure of a well build lense.