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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Oct 1, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, contrast, 3D quality of prints
Cons:
weight, size

I bought this lens pre-owned and I think I have a good one. On my 350D it is almost too sharp as portrait lens. I am still testing, but my first headshots in the 50-70mm range, wide open to 4.0, are very sharp. It is imperative to focus properly, in order to get this impressive sharpness, as DOF is very small, even at 4.0.
Yes, it is heavy, fat and big with its hood on, but after seeing the first pictures with this lens, I do not care anymore... This lens is going see some heavy use in the future.


 
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Sep 25, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, quick focus, light
Cons:
-

This is my first EF lens. I was an FD primes fan until recently, but this zoom lens revealed to me what a quality zoom can do. Together with a 350D it is a great combination. As walkaround lens it is a little bit short for me, but I needed a good quality zoomlens which covers 35mm (35mm equivalent).

As people lens it can be great if you find a suitable background. Background blur can be obtained zoomed in only with the lens wide open and your subject really close and the background far away. Pictures are sharp wide open. It's fast AF makes it a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended!