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Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

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Review Date: Apr 8, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, light, and fast, .........did I mention sharp?
Cons:
None, other than IS would be nice

With my 7D this little lens is the sharpest I've ever owned, compared to the 50f/1.4, 85f/1.8 and both versions of the 100f/2.8 macro. Although not an L, I was also impressed with it's build.

 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

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Review Date: Apr 7, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,499.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Better IS than it's predecessor, AF, contrast and colors, build, locking lens hood
Cons:
A minor issue - harder to align the hood when inverting for storage

It's as sharp or sharper at f/2.8 than it's predecessor was at f/5.6. Using it mounted on my 7D, I couldn't believe how well it handles the extenders, particularly the 2xII TC. At 400mm and at f/5.6 it's about the same as the equivalent prime and you have the benefit of IS.
I sold my 300f/4IS and 400f/5.6 and the savings negated it's overall cost and now I have the benefit of 70-200 at f/2.8 and 200-400 at f/5.6 with IS, all in one lens..... not to mention how it lightened my gear bag.


 
Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM

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Review Date: Apr 30, 2008 Recommend? no | Price paid: $960.00 | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Constant f/2.8, IS, smooth operation, balance on a crop body
Cons:
Soft at f2.8, dust vacuum, price, build quality

I've had two over the last month and within days they both showed specks inside the front element although they were invisible on print so it didn't affect image quality. The first was soft in the corners at f/2.8 so I returned it and bought another only to have the same issues. I thought it balanced well on a 40D.
The build quality was decent but wasn't an L although it costs like one.