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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Review Date: Dec 28, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,100.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: IQ; sharpness corner-to-corner; focusing speed; build quality

I've had this lens for three years, and it's still my favorite lens. It's amazingly sharp, gives good contrast and colors, and takes well to hiking in dusty places (assuming you're able to carry it; it's heavy!). Truly an amazing piece of optics.

Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Dec 28, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Build; optics

I've had this fine lens for about 8 years, and it always pleases me when I use it. Because of its bulk, it isn't a comfortable "walking-around lens," but I have the 24-105 f/4L for that. This gets used mainly for landscapes, and does an excellent job. I have no doubt that the new 24-70 f/2.8L II is better in every way, but it costs several times as much. I think that (assuming you get a good one; be picky, since Canon does not support it any more) this is an excellent option for those whose budget doesn't allow the new 24-70, but want this range of zoom.

Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX APO IF HSM

Review Date: Sep 30, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp; quick, accurate focus

In addition to this lens, I own the Canon 17-40 f/4L and the Canon 28-70 f/2.8L, so I have some pretty nice glass against which to compare this wonderful lens. Of the three, this is by far my favorite lens: Sharp (even wide open), versatile and completely reliable. For sports pictures, it is spectacular. I see no reason to pay the extra for the Canon L equivalent. The tripod collar is a very useful, added bonus.