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

EF17-85
Review Date: Dec 13, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Very versitile, tack sharp when stopped down, can be used for almost anything that does not require more than 85MM zoom. Ok build quality and the IS is very usefull indeed.
Cons:
For some reason Canon chooses not to include a lens hood.

I picked my copy of this lens up in Tokyo last summer and been using it stedly for 5 months now.

I have no negative experiance with it whatsoever. It preforms nicely as long as certain messures are taken.

I always stop it down to F7.1 or so. As long as I do that it works like a charm.
The pics are nice and sharp, although I miss some the crispnes I get from my 70-200 F4L. But then again the 17-85 IS is not an L-series lens and should not be treated or reviewed as one.

The IS has saved me more than once and I have no problem getting sharp shots down to 1/15 sec handhold. I have also got nightshots with it handhold without using a a flash.. Granted Tokyo and Las Vegas are well lit up at night..

The only thing I'm slightly enoyed with. Canon is that they don't include a lenshood. It's not more than about 20 USD in Tokyo, but hey...still I'd expect to get a lenshood when I purchase a lens..

Other than that like said, this lens preforms well for a non-L lens, and I have no problem recomending it.


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

ef70_200_4_1_
Review Date: Jan 1, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Extremly sharp when used proparly. Lightweight and easy to handle
Cons:
I miss a tripod color.

I had some problems shooting at F4 in poor light without a tripod, but then again, who does't..

I got better results when stopping it down a few stops. But wide open it's still very sharp.
I use it with a 1.4 converter and it still works like a charm. But be aware. The converter slows autofokus down by quite a bit.
Color and contrast is exelent.

For those who say "wish this lens had a F2.8" or "F4 is a bit slow" then I say go get the F2.8 lens.. this is NOT a F2.8 lens and it never have been.

On the other hand I wish Canon could do a 70-300 F4L. But I won't hammer this lens for that.

I highly recomend this lens for those who needs it's preformance.
I use it regurarly for all kinds of photography.
I've shot portraits,landscape, aircraft/airshows, birds and wildlife. It preforms beautifully as long as the lighting is good.