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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Sep 10, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,200.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Well build. Sharp and crisp images.
Not wide enough on a 10D. Price. Size and weight

I like this lens a lot. It has a very fine zoomrange for travelling with a 10D. Though i sometimes can use a bit more wideangle. It is very sharp for a zoomlens, but it is not up to the standards of a prime. It is useable wide open, but it gets better if you stop it down 2 stops.
Highly recommended.

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Sep 10, 2003 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,360.00 | Rating: 2 

Pros: Well build. Good zoomrange.
Optical quality.

I have now tried 3 different copies of this lens, and i have returned all 3 of them. The images are so soft, that they are not usable for my purposes. I have done the testing with a D60 and a 10D. I suspect that the results in the corners will be even worse on a fullframe-camera.

Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L USM

Review Date: Apr 10, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,000.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: Very large aperture, Build quality, Sharp and crisp pictures
Price, Autofocus

Imagequality is very good, except for the corners at aperture 1,4. The autofocus is slow for a USM-lens. It glides into focus, where other USM-lenses snaps into focus. No doubt it's a good lens, but if you don't need aperture 1,4 go for the 2,8 version. This lens i much too expensive for what you get. I sold mine to get the 16-35mm.

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Apr 1, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness, Contrast, Colorrendition, Bokeh, Autofocus, IS, Build quality
Weight, Price

This is no doubt the sharpest lense i have ever had. Images are very sharp and crisp from max aperture. Colorrendition and bokeh is execellent. Autofucus is very very fast even on a slow camera like the D60. The build quality is very good. German Fotomagazin rates this lense as the best they have ever tested (including Zeiss, Leica and the other IS-superteles). German Colorfoto rates it as the best 400mm available. One of the problems with this lense is the very small DOF at close distances. So if i am close to the subject i normally stop down one or two stops. Another problem is the weight. Forget about handholding this lense (IS doesn't help much). You will need a Wimberly head or a Manfrotto 3421. The price is high, but you get what you pay for! I haven't testet it with TC's yet, but i guess performance is similar to the smaller brother 300 2,8 L IS.