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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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

 
Pros: Sharpness, saturation, Fast ring-type AF, build
Cons:
none!

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

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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
Cons:
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.