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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jul 13, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fast AF, sharp, extending front element works well with hood.
Cost but I'm over that now.

The quality will be appreciated long after the price is forgotten! I work weddings with two 20D cameras. One has this lens and the other an 85 1.8. I can usually use my feet instead of changing to something wider or longer. The 24-70 does most of the work and I cannot fault the results (provided I keep up my end of the work!). In the sometimes low light at receptions, 2.8 or faster is needed for the AF to work well even with focus assist from the 550EX. I have noticed very slight distortion at extreme apertures but rarely do I take on the sort of work where this would be a problem. I find the lens well balanced on the 20D and my only criticism is that to have the focussing ring closer to the camera body would suit me better; I am sure this is a personal thing. If Canon ever brings out this lens with IS I will be at the head of the queue whatever the price!
For pro use this lens is awesome. If you need a walk around lens and can afford this quality, go for it. I may not be quite wide enough for street work (at a 1.6 crop factor). Wider and cheaper is the EFS 17-85 IS which came with one camera and surprised me with its good quality.