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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Dec 22, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,229.95 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Size, weight, extreme sharpness, well controlled flare and ghosting. No need for tripod collar.
Cons:
Lame lens hood design, not good for quick-removal and applying.

Less bliss- This might be it. I sold my 70-200 f2.8 L IS. The sharpness of this lens is on par, perhaps even better with the f2.8 version. It is the sharpest zoom I have ever used, and easily is a sharp as a lot of primes I have used. Where it is absolutely stellar is in controlling flare and ghosting. This is MUCH better than the other Canon L zooms in this focal range both IS and non-IS versions. This is very important to me, as I like to shoot sunsets.

As for the IS, I believe the 4-stop gain might be true. I shot a photo hand-held at 1/10th of a sec @ 200mm and it was sharp, I find this quite remarkable. Why some people have groaned about the IS unit making noise is beyond me. I'll put up with a little noise compared to lugging around a tripod. I find the noise on the IS to be the same as my other IS leneses.

The other advantage is that the lens is significantly smaller and lighter than the f2.8 version, negating the need for a tripod collar, which is one less thing that needs go in my bag.

At first I thought the price was a little on the high side- Until I got the results back and could not believe how well it has performed.


 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Nov 28, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Fast, quite sharp, nice range 16-35mm on a full frame.
Cons:
Extreme Flare

This is a nice lens, with a a nice range however it has a tendency have extreme flare and ghosting when it is pointing anywhere near the sun. I used this lens without filters, and with the hood. Sunset photos are practically impossible with this lens. The reality is a lens with this range and an f2.8 Maximum aperture requires too many glass elements, which contribute to the flare.

I sold it and purchased the 17-40 mm f4.0 L and am much happier, the flare is far better controlled, and the sharpness is equal, and also lighter in weight. This had nothing to do with the price. For me the loss of a stop was worth it.