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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

ef70-200lisusm
Review Date: Jan 24, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,099.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Everything
Cons:
Not a 2.8, if you need something that fast

Just buy this lens!

Seriously, it is that good. My first experience with a 70-200 was the F/2.8 I, which is truly a stellar performer. But...it is very heavy to carry around all day. I would end up resting it on my messenger style camera bag in front of me so I had easy access to it and could carry it comfortably. Not ideal. Also, it is giant and white too, so it is very conspicuous. I like to keep a low profile so did not appreciate all the attention from people staring at the lens.

So I bought the F/4 IS and it is really just perfect.

Image quality is legendary, I have no complaints whatsoever. Build quality is like a tank. Size and weight is so much smaller and lighter than the F/2.8, so I have no problem carrying it all day. Autofocus is fast, image stabilization works like a charm. And finally the price is great for what you get. I can't imaging this lens can be improved in any meaningful way. Just get it, you will not regret it. I plan on keeping this lens forever.

Here are is one image:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/a_clark/8295462069/

And and to give you an idea of the sharpness, here is a small crop from a larger image:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/a_clark/8331730818/


 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Jan 8, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: image quality, price, size and weight
Cons:
lens creep, not the ultimate image quality

Overall this is a great lens and if you only have one, this is highly worthy of consideration. Also if you travel and want to pack light you can get by with this single lens.

The beauty of this lens is it works great on rebels (I used it on a couple rebel bodies) all the way up to a nice full frame (use it on a 5D III now). It is amazing how good the rebels can be with quality glass.

I haven't used a ton of lenses but the image quality is not as good as a 70-200 f/2.8, for example, but it is still quite good.

One annoying thing is the lens creep. No matter how much I tighten the collar screws, when I walk around the lens always slides to maximum extension.

Overall I will keep this lens but am inclined to try the holy grail of primes.

Here are some photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/a_clark/6799440638/in/set-72157624530757311
http://www.flickr.com/photos/a_clark/6824573228/in/set-72157624530757311