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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

ef70_200_4_1_
Review Date: Sep 14, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Price, Color/Contrast, solid build
Cons:
None really

Outstanding lens. Forget L or no L, this one's a keeper.

Clear difference in color/contrast compared to even my Tamron 28-75 (which I rate very highly). The difference will be obvious when you see through the viewfinder.

Its not a 2.8 and didnt cost me a 2.8 price - so, I take it off my camera at twilight and wait for the next day Smile

But in good light, this lens has a hard to beat performance to price ratio.

Other comments :
- Can be used handheld in most cases.
- tripod helps at the long end, but dont need a tripod collar.
- is not heavy to be on the camera all day...


 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

28-75mm
Review Date: Jul 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $360.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Value for money, excellent walkaround, very sharp (rivals L).
Cons:
Plasticky feel? Actually, forget it, I'm not going to list things that dont matter at all.....

I bought the lens based on many reviews I read and I was looking for a lens to cover the mid-range. The lens is a perfect fit.

I have done a series of tests for sharpness on this lens. You can see the snaps at
http://kram.fotopic.net/c609783.html
and decide for yourself. I had read enough about bad copies, but didnt have any such issues.

Overall, a great substitute for the canon 24-70. Even if there are some who feel the L is superior (an it probably is), this lens will probably force canon to price their 24-70 lower very soon.

Buy it....you wont be disappointed.