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Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Review Date: Nov 22, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $999.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, faster focus than the non L, build quality, color rendition, sharp, bokeh, hybrid IS, quiet, sharp.

Canon's first L lens featuring the new hybrid IS technology and it is a good one. This has to be Canon's sharpest lens; it is at least as sharp as the 135mm L, and definitely is sharper than the non-L 100mm macro wide-open. I also found the color rendition and contrast to be more pleasing than the non-L. I find the IS helpful at this FL, and the new IS system is quiet. I can usually hear the IS wind-up on my 70-200mm 2.L IS, but not on this one. I purchased this lens more as a general purpose prime for use with portraits, product shots, as well as the occasional macro shot. This lens delivers. Beautiful color, bokeh and did I mention sharpness?

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

Review Date: Jul 31, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,350.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, fast, wide (on FF), Excellent IQ, build quality
82mm filter size

A bit pricey but you get what you pay for. As a former owner of a 17-40, I recently upgraded to the 16-35 when I upgraded from a crop body to the full-frame 5D mark II. The extra stop alone is worth the extra added cost. Nice low light performance, using this lens more indoors than I would have the 17-40. Nice edge to edge sharpness. A definite worthwhile upgrade and worth the price of admission.

Canon EOS 40D

Review Date: Mar 31, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,091.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Digic III, 14-bit, bright viewfinder, quick and accurate AF, large screen, sturdy build, self-cleaning sensor, live view.
Auto white balance could be better.

Upgraded from my trusty 20D. 30D didn't offer enough improvements over the 20D to justify an upgrade but the 40D does. Improvements over the 20D include a brighter viewfinder, quicker and more accurate AF, larger LCD screen to preview shots, self-cleaning sensor, updated menu system/UI, and live view. I find live view indispensable for landscape shots. Definitely a worthwhile upgrade and the high ISO noise reduction is a welcome addition, giving the images a more film like grain with reduced chroma noise.

Great camera and nice evolution of the XXD series.