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Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Oct 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Underrated - a great value for the money

I've shot all of the L glass mid-range zooms and COMPARATIVELY speaking this lense is a great value!

No, it not the sharpest but images are quite sharp when properly post processed as all digital images should be.

No, it is not the fastest but is quite fast in good light with proper camera settings.

Yes, it is light and well balanced on the 40D.

Yes, it has a great zoom range for general purpose use.

Yes, it may be the best value walk-around Canon offers.

For these reasons I rate it overall a 10.

Here is a small gallery of sample images:

Hope this helps some buyers.

Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

Review Date: Feb 27, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $427.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great lense
None for me

Hello all,

So many have said so much in these reviews.

I will simply share a small gallery of test shots with you.

You be the judge!

Note: Some say it this lense is soft at 2.8 but I would only use that aperture when absolutely necessary. And that is not very often.

Thanks for looking.


Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Feb 3, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: What a value!
None (if you KNOW your post processing)

Folks, I'm not going to say much. Seeing is believing:

Macro (with extension tubes and tripod)

At 100 in very low light:

At 200 handheld:

Superb color, contrast and sharpness make a great starting point for post processing optimization.