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Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Sep 13, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $575.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Built like a tank, sharp, incredible color/contrast, internal focus/zoom
Not a lot

Recently traded a 17-85 IS towards this after I was totally blown away by a 70-200 4L. Expected and got very similiar results. Sharp, colorful, contrasty images. Built strong enough to use as a weapon and butter smooth focus/zoom. Wish it was a 2.8 but I knew going in that I would need more light indoors. Not bad indoors with a lot of light or a flash, but it's unbelievable outdoors. The color is amazing. Incredible outdoor portrait and landscape lens. Very pleased.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Sep 8, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, contrasty, colorful, built like a tank
Umm, hmm, some folks don't like the white but it doesn't bother me

Wow, what a lens. I traded a 70-300 IS towards this mainly for the better build and was totally blown away. It's by far the most colorful, contrasty lens I've ever used. Very sharp at all focal lengths, good wide open, incredible bokeh, nothing I can complain about. I've used it outdoors and indoors with a studio strobe set-up for portraits and was amazed. Made me trade my 17-85 towards the 17-40.

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Apr 9, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $360.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp sharp sharp. Did I say sharp?? Color contrast is unbelievable. Really creamy bokeh. 1:1
Wish it was a 12-200 zoom. I can dream....

By far the sharpest lens I've used or seen. The color/contrast/sharpness blow away any lens I've ever used. Actually have to knock down the sharpness in portraits. It's that sharp. 1:1 is amazing.

Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC

Review Date: Sep 29, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Lens is very very sharp. Very good indoor zoom range, nice wide angle. Bright, punchy colors. Well built.
None so far

I have only used this lens a brief time but am blown away by the quality. The lens is extremely sharp and the color is excellent. It focuses very quickly. I have used the Canon 28-105 3.5-4.5 extensively and while it's a good lens, the image comparisons between the two are much different than I expected. I lamented over my lens choice of the Tokina 12-24, Sigma 15-30, and this lens. I think I made the right discision. The Tokina would be a great wide angle but is more or less a specialty lens, I do some wedding photography and I would have to be standing on the groom to get a close up. The 15-30 sounds like a good lens but was more than twice the weight and 3.5 vs. 2.8. I don't have a fortune to spend on a lens so I have to be pretty picky about what I get. I think I made the right decision with this one. (It's nice to get a high quality lens that actually comes with it's own case and hood too.)