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Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Feb 15, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Excellent contrast and colour depth, beautiful bokeh, ideal main lens
a tad heavy but no big deal. Any L owner is used to that

The first review I read on here was by a guy who laughably gave this lens 5 out of ten and said it was no better than his stock 18-55mm lens that came with his camera. That is utter nonsense!

This is the lens you should keep on your Canon DSLR as the walkabout lens as it is never going to let you down. It is quick and accurate, gives beautiful background blurring with the wide aperture and stunning clarity at f5.6/8 that matches most prime lenses.

I bought this to 'fill the gap' so to speak between my 17-40 L series and 100-400mm L series IS. I have three prime lenses as well including my macro lens (100mm f2.8 which is so sharp the pictures make your eyes bleed!). I use the 28-70 as a GP lens, the 17-40mm for larger landscapes and obviously the big one for my natural history shots where I need to get in close to animals that don't want me in close!

This lens is never going to disappoint so if you find one for around the 500/$800 mark, you shouldn't even be considering it.... just do it!