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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Jul 6, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $499.95 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Excellent image quality, very sharp, excellent focal range, lightweight, superb construction, good price
Cons:
None

If youíve wanted Canon ďLĒ quality images without the high price tag here is the lens for you. Excellent professional class construction with superb image quality and sharpness. AF is sure and swift. Of course, no IS but if used with a fast shutter speed or with a monopod the images are quite sharp without a tripod. Excellent value and very affordable used. Highly recommend for all Canon shooters, especially those on a budget.

 
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake

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Review Date: Jun 29, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $199.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Excellent image quality, lightweight, good build quality and price.
Cons:
Manual focusing a bit tricky

This compact little lens is quite a gem. Good image quality with minimal vignetting wide-open in full frame and no vignetting on an APS-C sensor. Minimal chromatic aberration. I personally like the 40mm field of view on my 5D; not too wide and not too narrow. The 64mm focal length on my 40D is not bad either. The STM AF is fast but obviously not up there with an L class lens. The close focus range, while not macro, will get you close enough for most subjects, such as flowers, pets and that sort of thing. Iíve found I can use it for various commercial stock photography subjects when I need to get close but not too close. Manual focusing is not easy with itís thin little focusing ring so I use it for AF mostly.

Overall Iím very pleased with the lens and glad I added to my kit. Itís light and compact enough for hiking and a good focal range for travel, nature and a variety of subjects.