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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: May 28, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Light, internal zoom and focus, constant f4, very sharp, takes a 1.4tc very well.

I recently sold off my copy of this lens to purchase a 200 2.8 prime. I found that I was at 200mm 90% of the time with a TC attached on a 1.6 crop body. I was happy with the bokeh and focusing is silent and fast even with a TC attached. This is a great lens if you need the zoom, very much recommend it if you travel a lot. Take a wide angle and this with a TC and you're completely covered.

Here are some examples with a Tamron 1.4TC attached:


Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF]

Review Date: Mar 6, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $425.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Low cost, great color/contrast, very sharp.
Hunts a little in low light/low contrast scenes.

I've had the 17-50 for about six months and it's my primary lens. I've compared it to my friends 17-40L and at 2.8 it's hard to notice any image quality differences at 4.0 they're identical. The build is not as bullett proof as L glass but it's half the cost as well. This is a great lens for someone who wants pro images but can't afford the pro price. I would also recommend you make sure you're getting a sharp copy. Tamron's quality control isn't like Canon's so some lenses are great and others back/front focus.

Tamron 28-300MM F/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD VC AF

Review Date: Aug 13, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $285.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Price, size, zoom range
soft after 200, focus ring rotates during AF, hunts in moderate light.

I love this lens! It's a great little lens with lots 'o zoom. I bought this as a walk around lens and it's performed well. Very sharp at 28-200 however pretty soft after that. It also hunts quite a bit and I have to remember to keep my long fingers off the focus ring 'cause it moves. A little noisy when focusing but it's just as loud as my 50 1.8II. This is the lens to get if you're just getting started and want one "do it all" lens.