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Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM

Review Date: Mar 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Everything you can dream off..
Weight... and with macro photography.. the weight makes the difference.

Nothing compares.. period.. however, value for money, my old EF100mm f2.8 USM is better value.. the only differences are:

1) Compressed perspective more pronounced
2) Sharpness better but not by the difference in price
3) Weight is horrendous - imagine trying to sync yourself to a moving object with over 1.5kg in lens and camera weight (let alone being coupled with a flash)

Its one hell of a sharp constrasty lens...

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Mar 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Wiiiiiiide! Shaaarrp! f2.8! Relatively light.
Hmmm.. yet to find one..

You get what you paid for. I recently sold my 20-35 f2.8L which IMO was already a very good sharp lens with excellent build quality.. unfortunately, this lens lost its ability to switch from manual to auto (due to cracked switch) and since I am a wedding photographer, autofocus is not something I cannot do without. Now, the 16-35 replaces my WA focal length. So far, this lense has matched and exceeded expections. On my 1dmk2, ~20mm-46mm equivalent, perfect for my weddings.. from wide to 'normal' perspective.. and on my 1N.. hehehe.. simply wiiiiiiide...

However, I would not recommend this lense to an enthusiast.. value for money is not there. This lense makes money for me as a professional, hence, justifies its purchase but i simply cannot see myself as an enthusiast purchasing this lens.. just no way to recoup the investment.

my 2 cts.