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Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

EF17-85
Review Date: Mar 30, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: IS, focal range
Cons:
No lens hood

I got my lens for a steal off of the FM forums. A terrific walk around lens for the 20D. I had a 20-35 that I used to own and quality is comparable

On the PRO side:
-> Great focal range - I used to shoot either wide (20mm) or long (100-200mm) on film and rarely used a standard lens. I has forgotten how handy it is to have a lens that was neither too wide nor too long in the one package. Saves me changing lenses all the time.
-> IS. Need I say more? My first IS lens and I'm amazed at the ability to hand hold shots a few stops slower than I should be able to.

For the CONS:
-> No lens hood. Come on Canon, even Sigma can bundle a hood, why can't you?
-> Would prefer a constant length lens like my old 20-35mm. The number of times I've tried zooming against the glass protecting the exhibits in museums and bumped the lens is starting to get annoying. Again, a lens hood would help here...


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

ef70_200_4_1_
Review Date: Mar 29, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Fast, light weight, white and optically superior to anything I've used before.
Cons:
No tripod collar included, no flower hood, no IS.

Bought 2nd hand recently of FM forums. I was lucky enough to get the lens with the elusive & pricy tripod collar.

For the PROS:
-> Excellent quality in both build & optics.
-> Light weight makes it an ideal travel telephoto (better than my old Sigma 70-200 f2.8)
-> Fast and quiet USM. The HSM of the Sigma sounds like a jack hammer in comparison.

For the CONS:
-> No flower hood. My old Canon 75-300 had a round conical hood like this lens. I would much prefer a flower hood instead.
-> No tripod collar bundled with the lens. A pricy OPTIONAL extra. To be fair, the lens is so light you could probably get away with it, but if it didn't need one, why build one?
-> No IS. Considering there is IS on consumer telephotos now i.e. 75-300 IS and 75-300 DO IS, it would make sense to put it on this lens.