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Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Sep 28, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, Fast aperture lens. FTM. One of Canons flagship zooms. Great value on the used market
Cons:
Build quality is not as good as newer L's (plastic casing). No weather sealing. AF more prone to hunting than newer L's.

Bought mine with a used EOS 3 and a 380ex off Ebay. The best thing about this lens is its quality optics, which are comparable to the new 24-70mm L. It is a very good value if you can find one in good shape used. My only complaint is that the AF processor is not as fast as the one in my 17-40L, and a firmware update would probably solve the problem. build quality is a generation behind and so it lacks the weather sealing of the newer L's.

All in all if you can find one for a good price you can't beat the value you get from this lens.


 
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Sep 28, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $620.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent optic: good color, contrast, and sharpness edge to edge. Build quality is top notch. Gasket protects DSLRs from dust and other nasties. makes a good walk around lens on 1.6 crop cameras, and with full frame opens up a whole new world.
Cons:
Would love for it to be a stop faster, but then I would also love a rocket car and a million dollars. :)

One of the best values in the canon line up. focus is fast and accurate, and it rarely hunts. This is a great range lens for a reduced frame camera covering 27-65mm, but unlike EF-s lenses gives you the flexibility to go to full frame.