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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Jun 8, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast focusing even with the 300D, Sharp, Great IS
Long and Heavy

The 70-200 IS is about the best telephoto zoom you can ever get. Its sharp wide open, critical focus, excellent and efficient IS (1/30s consistent), and its a F2.8! It is definitely a great jump from my bundled 75-300 non-USM. Colour fringing is kept to a minimum, and contrast is just about the best I have seen. Another point is the bokeh. With its 8 blade circular aperture, the bokeh is smooth and creamy, although I have seen better on those fast telephoto primes, namely the 135L and 200/1.8L.

Although I think that this lens is quite costly (I am a Singaporean), it does serve the purpose well, during concerts and other stage work. This is my second L so far, the first being the 17-40. With these two lenses, its about every thing that you will need for general work.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Jan 13, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp at F/4.5, very sharp after that; accurate and fast focus in low light with 300D; constant aperture
Nothing really!

When I first bought this lens, I never thought that L lens was that good. It was not often used unless taking group shots. Once, during a dark performance, I am amazed that the 17-40 can still focus accurately with Canon cheapest dSLR, together with 550EX AF assist though. It is so sharp, fast focusing and all these come packaged as the 2nd cheapest L!! What a deal!