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Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM

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
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

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.
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.