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Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM

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Review Date: Dec 1, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,049.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness, price, Image Stabilization, contrast, edge to edge sharpness, no chromatic aberrations
Cons:
F4 but not really a negative

I have always admired the absolute image perfection of the 300 f2.8 L IS. This lens has all of the sharpness, contrast, edge to edge consistency of that lens. An absolute pleasure to photograph with this lens. Don't worry about the f4.0 aperture who shoots with a lens like this at f4 anyway... but you can. I was using the 16-35 f2.8 for years and just tolerated the innate imperfections of that lens and used it for those times when I absolutely needed the ultra wide end. Now I actually look for images to photograph at 16mm, because I can. I am a pro for about 40 years now and get really excited to get a piece of equipment that really flat out works. I've seen it all and used most of it so believe me when I say that if you are looking for a lens in this range you CAN NOT DO BETTER! As for the IS on this lens I have heard who needs it on a 16mm lens anyway. It does open up possibilities however. IS is not needed but it does enhance.

 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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Review Date: Oct 15, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $649.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Range, Weight, I would put it up against any of my L glass. Very sharp through the entire range
Cons:
None, considering that it is a well functioning lens and surpasses all glass in it's range.

I would recommend it to any one that is looking for a lens in this range. It will be one of my new travel lenses where weight is of paramount consideration when put on my 1D mark II. I will not compare it to any of my L glass as this is of another group so why talk about build or weather sealing. Far surpasses every aspect of the original 75-300. The IS is unbelievable and the sharpness is better than the 70-300DO and half the price.