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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

ef_24-70_28u_1_
Review Date: Jun 21, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,120.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, vivid color contrast. Very sharp even wide open. Great super smooth bokeh.
Cons:
Heavy.

When I first got the lens I was intimidated by its size and weight. mounted on 20D, it makes the camera feel like it is so much more. Despite its weight the picture quality off of this lens is unreal. Sharp vivid color rendition increaes the keeper rate significantly. It has become my official walkaround lens along with 10-22. The combination is hard to beat in terms of range and picture quality. The weight is possible to get used to after a while so it isn't too big a factor for me.

However it is expensive, but it holds its value well so I am not too concerned.


 
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

EF10-22
Review Date: Mar 12, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: SUPER WIDE!! Good control on barrel distorsion. Minimal CA, weigt, shall I go on?
Cons:
None as far as I am concerned

It is an awsome lense!!. Great sharpness almost all the way throughout. Minimal CA (not noticable unless you go 200% +crop. It is great for my architecture shots as well as some interested distorted images. It is definitly a fun lense to play with.

 
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

EF17-85
Review Date: Mar 12, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Great Flexibility, Light, Love the IS. USM
Cons:
Noticable CA at corners. A little bit softer then L lense especially at corners

If you want wide end and the flexibility of walk around lense. There is no substitute!! It has a decent weight to it without being burdensome especially on 20D. It balances well and takes great pictures. There are some noticable CA in corners with high contrast but that is nothing ACR cannot fix (I shoot RAW only) Also sharpnese of the lense is also not necesarrily on par with more expensive zoom lenses (obviously) but also using USM in photoshop will compensate for this short coming. I am over all quite happy with the lense, IS is a life saver and USM focuses lightening quick. If these things I said describes your needs this lense is definitly is for you.