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Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

ef17-40_4l_1_
Review Date: Jun 17, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $699.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Wonderful build quality. Great optics, terrific color contrast and rendition. I bought this lens while on vacation and now I'm not quite sure how I got along without it.
Cons:
None.

This lens performs wonderfully on my 10D; both indoors (at a party last night...) and at Yosemite last week while on vacation. It is beautifully made and the focus and zoom rings operate smoothly and quietly. I am more than pleased with the image quality: image rendition is quite on a par with my 70-200 f4L....my benchmark. At 77mm, I guess it might a little difficult to get a good polarizer, but thats next. If you love build quality as well as great optics, this lens should be in you bag. It isn't as big and heavy as I had feared....it stays on my camera unless theres a real good reason to remove it.

 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

28-75mm
Review Date: Aug 31, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $410.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great price, great image quality.
Cons:
I don't like the extending barrel.

This is, very simply, a great lens and an unbelievable bargain, even at the 'camera counter' price I paid. Nothing Canon makes touches this lens in terms of image quality vs. price. My next lens? The Tamron 17-35.