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Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Sep 11, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Stunning images, not too heavy, built in hood, great value, sharp & vibrant colours
None; apart from I'm hooked on L primes!

This is my second L prime and I am bitten by the L prime bug. The best thing about this lens is it encourages you to be creative. The results are very rewarding.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jul 24, 2006 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: Build quality
Poor calibration. SOFT, SOFT, SOFT New rating 3

My second replacement copy was as bad as the first. I'm off to buy a 135 f2 L. Shame, I did want the convienience of the 24-70.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jul 17, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Feel, Weight! 2.8 brightness
Lousy calibration

This is my first review. Having used film for 30 years and digital compact for 5, I have been waiting for some time to go DSLR. Due to my budget I could go 5D but lenses need to be good or 30D and some L glass lenses. I decided for the latter and start with a 24-70 2.8L. Having read all the reviews on this lens I felt there was a chance I wouldn't get a sharp copy. I figured it was worth the risk and bought the 30D and the 24-70 together.

The 30D impressed instantly with feel and weight. The lens did too and I found it pleasantly weighted. Together they are very well balanced. I took about 100 test shots of varying conditions and when I looked at the very clear screen, they nearly all looked soft. The colours and contrast were good as was light capturing but did not look any different to a kit lens. No 'Wow' factor.

After loading the software and downloading I realised I had a poorly calibrated lens. The colour and contrast were brilliant but every shot was soft. So I am sending it back for another gamble of a replacement. If I don't get a sharp copy by the third I will go with primes.

I hope Canon read these reviews and do something about their internal quality control and calibration, it is really irritating.