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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

Review Date: May 13, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $85.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Excellent image quality, sharp, contrast, cheap, light and fast AF
Poor build quality, lack of distance scales, extending zoom (front element)

This is a fine lense: sharper than my 70-200 f/4L, lighter than my 17-40 and cheaper than both Smile. I'm glad this one is not that expensive as my lenses take a real beating sometimes.

I love this thing for portraits and low-light situations.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: May 12, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Excellent build, USM zoom, good range for 1.6x dSLR users (27-64 eq.), fair price, superb image quality ("tack sharp"),
Expensive 77mm filters, slight barrel distortion at 17mm, f/4 vs. f/2.8, black finish (absorbs heat), big odd hood.

I got this lense fairly cheap (2nd hand, never used in box) a few days ago. This far, I love it. For the price I can't say I have any real complaints. The barrel distortion may be a bit of a downside for indoors/urban/architectural shots, but at 20mm+ it's not even noticable.

The images are razorsharp and the zoom works excellently fast (yep, great work Canon-engineers!). My minor gripe is that the 77mm filters are rather expensive and the front element is huge.