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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Nov 7, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, contrast and amazing bokeh
Heavy but whaddya expect!!

My wife constantly tells me how great great her point-and-shoot is versus my XT and XTI with the expensive 24-70 lens. Well we've just been through about 1,500 photos from our latest trip and I've finally realised what this lens is all about. It is brilliant. Nearly all mine are keepers while hers lack quality, sharpeness etc. The 24-70's contrast is incredible and the bokeh beautiful. Granted it's heavy but it's to be expected when you see the results and you realise how much glass there is. So incredibly sharp and the colours are vivid. I wondered about whether I'd made the right decision on this until the last month when I reckon I've worked out how to use it. Buy this lens.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Feb 17, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: internal zoom, F4, weight, but most of all, sharpness, contrast and colour
none yet

Only got this yesterday and it's wonderful. For the price, to get an L lens, it's unreal. Took it to the beach today and wasn't worried about sand as it zooms internally. It's fantastic and I love the sharpness of the photos. I'd be wary of buying it though as once you buy an L lens - you're hooked. Ha - buy it - well worth the bucks!

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Nov 9, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $700.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Super wide angle and sharpness
None considering what you will use the lens for.

I was given this lens as a gift for my 40th birthday. I'm still relatively new to photography but love what I do produce (as do my friends etc.). I was helping a friend out doing some property shots and was amazed at how wide this thing is. I was constantly having to tell him to get out of the shot. Point is, if you want to take a photo in a confined space, it's magic! If you want a house to look impressive and imposing, this is your lens. Outdoors with a polarising filter on, the shots are picture postcard. I've also used it for photographing a few events where you are obligated to be very close to the action (due to not wanting to be part of the onlooking crowd) and the lens again, was ideal - just have to be wary that at the lower length, you get distorted images of people. As soon as you zoom in, it disappears. Very enjoyable lens and again, for those landscape and building shots (interior and exterior), it is brilliant.

Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Nov 2, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Decent range for most things plus IS very good
Bit soft and can tend to over expose

I bought this for a shoot of some properties from a helicopter. Got some great shots and I'ms ure that the IS helped. Just spent a week at Disney too and this was the only lens I used. IS was great for some of those nightime firework shots. It's not an L lens and as such, some shots are a bit soft. I did some shots the other day with a polariser (expensive because of the size) and the images were superb - calendar worthy. Anyway, I think it's a pretty good lens for the price - versatile range and IS is useful.