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

ef70-200_28lisu_1_
Review Date: Mar 19, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,800.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Quality, sharpness, low light performance, overall versatility
Cons:
Price, size, weight. (not for me though)

The absolutely best photographic lens out there. La creme de la creme, the mother of all lenses.

True, there are other sharper lenses, other with biggel focal lengths, lighter ones, cheaper ones, more expensive ones too. But NONE of them combine everything the way this baby does.

It is my favorite lens, and since I bought it a year ago, it has come with me no matter where I go, be it a party, a wedding, concert, the islands, the races, or just general sightseeing. Yeah, it's big and heavy, but so am I, so it doesn't really affect me. I have never shot from a tripod with this lens (main reason I bought it with IS), and have taken the tripod ring off. It is a great handheld lens, and after a while you get used to the weight and can hold it for extended periods of time.

I also bought the 1.4X Canon extender, and have found the pictures taken with it to be just as sharp as without it, except at the very lowest of lighting situations. Even then, it's better than anything I have shot so far.

You can't find a better lens than this at any price, and I will keep it till I am old and brittle, unless Canon comes up with a 10-400mm f1.8 lens at some point in the next 50 years.


 
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

EF10-22
Review Date: Mar 19, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharpness, size, weight, really wide shots.
Cons:
Price perhaps for some, EF-S only mount

Well, what to say that hasn't already been said about this lens. Let's see.

I got it about a year ago, and since then it has been my second favorite lens besides the 70-200 f/2.8IS. The pictures are absolutely sharp, and very low distrotion.

True that at 10mm you do have some distortion at the edges, but what do you expect at 10mm focal length? It is more than acceptable, and actually makes for some interesting pictures sometimes. I 'd avoid shooting people at the edges of the frame, unless you want to distort their faces and most importantly noses. I do sometime for the fun of it. It is a great great lens for enclosed spaces or wide open landscape shots.

I also own a Sigma Fisheye 15mm f/2.8, which is a great lens, but it does not give me the versatility of the 10-22mm, so I almost never use it, unless I am planning a very low light shoot without flash. Since I got this and the 70-200 last year, all my other lenses have usually been left at home. Perhaps I will sell them at some point. I was looking at my pictures and 95% of them are taken either at 10-22, or 70-200 (105-280 with the extender), and 5% at 24-70 which is my other lens.

Build quality wise, I am very satisfied with this lens, it is on par with the much more expensive L lens. I am guessing if it wasn't an EF-S mount it would be an L lens.

My only problems with it are:
1. A lack of hood
2. EF-S only mount, which means I will sorely miss it when I go to the 5D sometime this year. The 24-70 will pick up some of the slack at full frame, and the 15mm the rest. But I will miss it, and the versatility it offers.