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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Oct 2, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness, saturation, Fast ring-type AF, build

I got this after I returned my 70-300 IS 4-5.6 because of the portrait problem. I was afraid I would miss the 100mm on the tele end when I got this, but I never did. The IS would've been nice (and that's available now) but I can do without.

This lens is just amazing. The feeling of having something so solid, fast and just good is wonderful, knowing you have something great. This is what a lens should be: sharp, great IQ, fast AF, excellent build and great value for money. Everyone should have this lens. I would not consider the 70-200 2.8 simply because of the size and weight, especially now that the IS version of the 70-200 4L has come on the market, which will give me 4 stops. I know IS will not freeze action, but the single stop from 4 to 2.8 probably won't either on most cases.

Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM

Review Date: Oct 2, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, Fast, 2.8, Ring type USM, better than some primes
Zoom ring needed to loosen up the first few days, expensive (but not too expensive. Nikon offers the same lens for more money without IS)

I am so happy I got this lens. I traded in my ef-s 17-85. That was just not fast enough with the 4-5.6 aperture. I used my ef-s 60 2.8 macro all the time, but that was far from ideal. Then I decided to trade both lenses in for the ef-s 17-55 2.8 IS. I used the macro range of the ef-s 60 only incidentally and now I have a 2.8 zoom lens with almost the same IQ and sharpness as the ef-s 60 with added IS. The zoom ring did need some loosening up and it's a lot of money, but it's so worth it. It's really a joy to work with and I still smile when I upload my pictures and do some pixel peeping (yes, I am sorry, I can't resist.)

Get it and don't look back. There is no replacement for it on an APS-C body.