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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

ef70_200_4_1_
Review Date: Jun 9, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, great color, light on the arm, light on the wallet
Cons:
Expensive tripod collar

I originally bought the 70-200 f/2.8 IS. Hefted it in the store, and thought "No problem." After 1-1/2 hours shooting little league handheld, I realized it was too heavy (OK, call me a wimp, but I want a lens my wife would be comfortable using as well).

Sent back the IS and got this little gem. Wow. Optics seem on par with its big brother, and it really is a joy to use. Just switched over from Nikon, and this lens was worth it. My $850 80-200 f/2.8 ED Nikkor can't even come close in terms of handling. USM and FTM with L glass for $600!!! Wow.


 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

28-75mm
Review Date: Jun 8, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $330.00 | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: Fast aperture and useful range on a 20D
Cons:
Poor QC. My copy was very soft

Bought this with the 20D kit and EF70-200 f/2.8 IS from B&H. Focus was noticeably slower with a greater tendancy to hunt than the EF-S 18-55mm (non USM version). Ran simple newspaper sharpness tests on all three lenses (MLU, both AF and Manual Focus). Tamron was unacceptable. Far worse than the $70 kit lens at 28mm. At f/2.8, the Tamron was low contrast and fuzzy. At f/4.0 and 5.6 the contrast improved dramatically, but the sharpness was still lower than the kit lens.

Given the raves about this lens, I must have gotten a truly bad copy. But rather than make UPS rich, I decided to cut my loses and send it back to B&H for a refund.