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Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Feb 24, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: My first " L " Glass. I am very impressed. I bought this lens to replace the kit lens that came with my 20D. I am still learning to use it properly.Images at F8 are very sharp. Like someone said " The start of " L " fever. The 16-35 must be one hell of a lens judging from the reviews. I think this lens is Super.
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Thank you all for your very helpfull information.
You have guided me to this lens and the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 SP AF DI.
This 17-40 f4 is my first " L " glass. The quality of the images are very impressive. What I have learned from these reviews is that the 16-35 f2.8 must be a great lens. As someone here wrote this lens is the start of the " L " glass quality fever.

My next plunge will be the EF70-200 F2.8, I am still pondering the IS feature is it worth the extra money ?
The experience gained first hand with the quality of the 17-40 has turned me away from the Sigma 70-200 f2.8.

Tamron 28-75MM F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)

Review Date: Feb 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Excellent lens. Very very sharp and the colour is super. It is not light and not really heavy just enough weight to feel like quality. I ordered this lens and had to wait several weeks for delivery. In the interim I splurged and bought the EF 17-40 f4/ L. This was to replace the EF-S 28 - 55mm that came with my 20D. What a difference. I quickly got the " L " attitude. Love this lens. The Tamron is super just out of the box the sharpness of the image and the colour jumps out. It certainly has a place in the bag with " L " Glass. It is well built has a nice weight and good balance on the 20D.
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I did a lot or reading before buying my 20D and passed the Rebel knowing something better was on the way. I love everything about the 20D. The EF-S 28 - 55 mm lens that comes with the camera is another story. I am glad I never paid extra for the EF-S 28 - 75 mm.
I bought this lens as a replacement for the EF-S after reading all the reviews on the other Tamron 28-75 mm lens at this my favorite site. Perfection.
While I waited for this lens I splurged and bought the EF 17-40 f/4 L,USM and have used it for three weeks. Great lens.
If you buy this Tamron you will also have a great lens.
The build and over all quality of the " L " glass is the greatest. You get what you pay for. This Tamron is a bargain get one, you will be a happy camper.
Now I ponder between the Sigma and the EF 70-200 f/2.8 L, USM. Is the Canon worth the money. To date my marketing search and information from people like you all, have be convinced that it is.
As I have learned here and there any lens with a 4 rating or better is sure to satisify the amature who wants to be a pro.
Thank you all for your help. For the low price of this Tamron you need to get one, it is a new class way above the EF-S crap that Canon is putting out. Just my opinion.