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Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM

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Review Date: Aug 25, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Size (small), weight, sharpness, IS, bokeh
Cons:
Price

I was long, longtime searching for my ideal small two lens combo. I even bougth an old Nikon FM2n with a 28mm 85mm combo, just to try out the combo, which serves me best.

Canon was simply not delivering a splendid 28mm. I owned the old one which was good on my EOS 620 but was lacking IQ on my 5DII. My 24-70L is ok. Sharp images, but the lens is big, heavy and imposing, just like almost all L lenses.

I was quite happy when Canon introduced this little gem. I suits me perfectly. IS works very quietly. (You have to put your ear close to the lens to hear anything.) Images are much sharper then my 24-70L. 2.8 is no 1.8 or 1.4 but those lenses are bigger and on wide aperture bad performers.

So I am quite happy with this lens because it is what I need. Other people may have different needs.

Price is high. But hopefullt I will forget that over time.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

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Review Date: Jan 1, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness, weight, size
Cons:
No USM

If you can find one, buy it no matter the price.

This lens is so sharp, so good... I am using mine now for 17 years. First on my EOS 620, then on my 300D and now on my 5Dmk2. The cameras are retired together with many lenses but this little fellow is still in business!

I am using it together with a 17-40, a 24-70, a 70-200 and a 100 macro and it is still one of my favorites!


 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Jan 1, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharpness, contrast, light sensitivity, build quality
Cons:
weight, size, price

It lives on my 5D MK2. It is heavy, and big, and pricey... But it is also stunningly sharp and versatile. What can I say: it it the choice of many, many professionals all over the world. And the results speak for themselves.

If you want to use a state-of-the-art, best-in-class lens. This is your choice. If you are looking for a light, less pricey option, search further. This will definitely not be your choice.


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Jan 1, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $700.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness, even wide open, look and feel, weight
Cons:
maybe IS?

My first L lens and was amazed after the first pictures with my 300D. Now I am using it on my 5D MK2 and I was a bit negatively surprised. The lens showed vignetting which I have never seen before on the 300D. So even this top lens has its weaknesses. The vignetting is easily corrected with the software in the camera so no point anymore.

Buy it, use it and you will be surprised positively!


 
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Jan 1, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Versatility, build quality, look and feel
Cons:
A little bit soft in the corners, not as stunning sharp as the 70-200 F4.0 L or the 24-70 2.8L

I use the lens with a lot of pleasure. It used the live on my 300D but after the purchase of my 5D Mk2 it is being used as a wide angle solution.

The lens build is superb, and the optical quality is as good as it gets but not, and I repeat not, stunningly sharp! Use the versatility for many nice pictures and you will be happy.