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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Nov 2, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: As sharp as people rave about. Maybe sharper.
Heavy. But you knew it that already. There's a lot of metal and glass here. It's still worth it, though.

I have seen many photos taken with this lens via posts here on FM and on pbase. I have read reviews and raves.

It still didn't prepare me for the mind-blowing sharpness and amazing bokeh of this lens. By the time I had seen the first 5 images downloaded off the CF card, I was absolutely in love.

To get me to part with this lens, you will have to pry it from my cold, dead fingers. It is that good.

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Review Date: Jul 4, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: IS, Sharpness, USM
The Price

This is a great image quality lens. Photos have that "3D" look to them that just pop off the paper! I haven't been disappointed at 400mm like some others.

IS works well. It buys me about 2 stops, but it does have its limits, so as with most things, it isn't magic potion.

Overall, I'm not giving it up soon.

Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC

Review Date: Jun 30, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $409.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp and a very useful focal range. Manual focus ring has just the right feel.
Zoom ring is a inconsistent in "resistance" through its turn. Some parts are easy and others are harder.

I purchased this lens to replace the EF-S 18-55mm kit lens. There is absolutely no comparison between these two lenses. I rarely have to use USM or other sharpening, and if I do it usually just a slight amount on a shot at f2.8.

The inconsistency of the resistance of the zoom ring is the only negative thing I've found.

This lens is the closest thing to my ultimate wishlist zoom for "walking around." I really want about 17mm to 85mm f2.8. As far as I know, no such beast exists.