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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Feb 9, 2008 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Solid built.

This was the Lens that started me on the L envy when I started out with dSLR. Because of the built quality and the ratings it got everywhere I started saving for it and took me a year. In between I had had nifty 50,the 85 f1.8 and the fantastic 70-200 f4IS. All these lens gave me the WOW factor. My everyday lens was the 28-135 mm but I thought I could consolidate and use just the brick and my 70-200. I got rid of the prime and zoom to get my brick even though there are plenty of good copy/bad copy post going round. I'd figured for an L the chances of me getting a good copy rather than a bad copy will still be very much higher to worry about. But to my dismay the brick didn't quite live up to my expectations. Why? First of all,I got it brand new from a major store online and just after 5 days the AF went dead! Since I am from overseas the store did not offer free return shipping. I have no other option but to sent it to my local Canon which took 4 weeks to replace the AF unit. So it;s like getting a factory refurb for a full price and a whole lot of waiting. Second, after the IQ I got from my 70-200 F4IS I am not impressed with ones from the brick especially wide end at 2.8. It needs plenty of light to nail it. It can only match the longer zoom at F4 and above and without IS not many keepers there. To me it's practically a F4 lens that can do acceptable 2.8.A bit of USM helps. So most of the time I need bounced flash in order to keep ISO down. Normal output it seems it's underexposed and I have to apply +1 exposure. When I do, I am thinking I should have gotten the 24-105 F4IS instead. Well I am learning to cope with this lens and to know it's sweet spot and what kind of exposures it can handle. Hopefully it can regain some of the shine it has loss in my views.

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

Review Date: Dec 11, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: IQ, IS, light & compact!
Does not come with tripod mount.

This is my 1st 'L' lens and I am loving it. I was undecided as to whether to get this or the 2.8 non IS. Now I wonder why it was an issue at all, I live in tropical and sunny Malaysia and if I need indoor use I will use my fast prime( 50 & 85 1.8).I also have my 580 EX ll. It fits just snugly into my backpack and I have no problem carrying it with my 30D whole day long. IQ, contrast and saturation is simply amazing. More importantly,with this lens it gives me the consistency,reliability and confidence I require to do a shoot. Now I understand what the Pros mean. If only it came with a tripod mount, now then it;d be perfect.