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Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Nov 27, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Colour, sharpness
Cons:
None for the price

Although my style prefers teles, everyone needs a decent wide-angle, a role that this lens fills very well.


 
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

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

 
Pros: Sharp even wide open, colour, weight
Cons:
None for the price

I use this lens for birds in flight and comparable situations. For the price, this lens is excellent. Apparently it does not matter if this lens is stopped down or not. In any case, the results are excellent. In my opinion, stopping the lens down does only affect the DOF. Even wide open the lens is sharp. With 20/30D, i suppose that this lens is the most excellent "budget" nature photography kit. Do not know, however, so far I have won two regional nature photography competitions with this lens and 20D.

 
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

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

 
Pros: Sharp, colours, looks rather innocent without hood wherefore it is good for street photography family gatherings and other places where you do not want to get too much attention. Excellent price/quality ratio.
Cons:
None.

This is quite remarkable lens for the price. Although not as versatile as 70-200 series, it certainly gives sharp images with nice colours and good bokeh. Although I own 70-200/2.8 (non IS), I like to use this lens in family gatherings and in street photography, where it does not warrant unnecessary attention (if you do not use the lens hood).

 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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

 
Pros: AF-speed, sharpness, bokeh
Cons:
None.

Either this or its brother, the 85/1.8, will probaply offer most bang for the buck in current line up. The results are sharp, AF is quick and bokeh is very nice. Definetyly worth the price.

 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

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

 
Pros: Sharpness, bokeh, AF-speed
Cons:
For the price, none

I have been using this lens just for a couple of months with 20D. However, it is becoming one of my favourite lenses. I am very pleased with the results, pictures are sharp, the AF is quick, bokeh nice and the price is not too bad. Complements well my 50/1.4 in non-flash situations such in indoor events and the like.