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

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Review Date: Sep 13, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,425.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, excellent contrast, focus.....etc,.
Cons:
None


I have read everything there is to read about this lens. I have laughed at folks who were willing to spend an "arm and a leg" on


 
Canon EOS 1D Mark III

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Review Date: Aug 31, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,350.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Design, looks, functionality, flexibility, IQ, built like a tank....the list goes on and on.....
Cons:
Haveing to sift through the whining about the auto focusing issues that just are not there.......or reading about it's too heavy, it's too expensive.....

This camera is a work of art and should be treated with respect.

Why should you but this camera? - because it just feels great in your hand, because the IQ - though less pixels - is still better than the 5D. Because when I have gotten my shot you and your 5D will still be hunting for focus.....and so on and so on.....

This thing is built like a tank - thats why it's heavy, and thats why it is expensive - when compared to the 5D its like comparing a FORD Mavrick to a BMW.....yeah they will both grt you from point "A" to point "B" but, well, you know where I'n going with this.......JUST GO BUY IT, no worries.....


 
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

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Review Date: Jun 3, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Everything, sharpness, color, bokeh, weight is fine, solid build
Cons:
None, If you know "L" glass price sould not even be mentioned.

I use this lens for 2/3's of my wedding shots. Awesome lens, what,? you don't have a copy yet? what are you wairing for?

 
Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 EX Aspherical DG DF

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Review Date: Apr 16, 2007 Recommend? no | Price paid: $380.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Price
Cons:
Everything, weight, very soft untill 4.5 and higher, loud, contrast is not close to Canon quality, color is a bit off also.

Since I was not sure I was really going to be serious about photography I went the cheap route and bought this lens. don't make the same mistake I did. Yes I know "the price" but the price....OK so don't pay the $1000 + for the Canon 24-70 2.8 - I lucked out and picked up the older Canon version, the 28-70 2.8 for about $625. If you want cheap get the Sigma, if you want quality, color, contrast and sharpness or a little more get the Canon 28-70 2.8. Just do it!

 
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

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Review Date: Apr 4, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $789.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Color, contrast, weight, looks, sharpness, price....and so on and so on and eh..... is there anything else I missed?
Cons:
What? None! Just none!

Just the best "L" ever made, just a tad better than my 300 IS f/4. Nothing against anyone who has posted here but really...zooms are not in the same class as primes.....get this lens and you will not be sorry, and probably never take it off the camera.....Just Do It!

 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: May 10, 2006 Recommend? | Price paid: $1,125.00

 
Pros: Great all around lens, sharpness is what I expected, color rendention is great, "L" glass is awesome
Cons:
Not really a negative but f/4.0 is a tad slow for low light weddings, only other issue is that lens does seem to tend to under expose by a stop or more.


Just a quick follow-up to a post a few weeks back. If you are shooting weddings with this lens you will struggle in low-light conditions. If anyone out there has mastered it feel free to drop me a line. Having said that, and even though I have a Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 I can tell you from my experience there is comparison in picture quality. Better color, sharpness, and details the "L" blows it away and yes; its worth the $700 difference! I did read in a post back in Dec that the 24-105 seemed to be a little dark (maybe off by a stop or so). I also found this to be true. While the Sigma does not deliver on many points it always seemed to registure a higher shutter speed (100 to 150 higher than the CANON) at the same aperture (f/4.0) and always seemed to be a shade brighter on a side by side review. Not sure why the difference but the Sigma will be on ebay soon....


 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Apr 6, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,125.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: It's "L" glass, what more needs to be said? Sharp, Crisp, and did I mention its "L" glass? Super quiet! Great match to my 5D
Cons:
Price is a tad high but it's "L" glass....

Well, I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a pro and this is my first "L" purchase but I must say I'm impressed. Just picked it up this week and cannot put the camera down.

I tried to take the "poor pros" route of purchasing the fast Sigma twins....the 24-70 f/2.8 and the 70-200 f/2.8 and while both of them cost the same as the 24-105 there is no comparison. The IS totaly lives up to the claimed 3 stop difference. The lens is dead quiet, excellent in the few low-light situations I've been in and there is NO comparison in sharpness. the Sigma could not even compare to my 17-85 IS lens that I had on the 20D. Yes, I did purchase the Sigma's on ebay so that could have been part of the problem but I did learn my lession.

Once you go "L" to cannot go back!