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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Jun 19, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Fast Focus, build quality
Cons:
Major Quality-Controll issues, lots of copies backfocuses, too much fringing for an L lens in this price class

This is now my second copy of the lens and I'm experiencing the same issues I did with my first one. Backfocuses most of the time (sometimes even visible in the viewfinder), so you just can't rely on the AF. Approx. 1 out of 10 pictures were focused correctly though. Overall image-quality does not match any of my primes (EF 50 F1.4 and EF 100 F2.8 Macro) nor the very far superior EF 70-200 F4 L which is only the half price!

There's even even lot of fringing throughout the images and very soft wide open! Experienced less vignetting than I expected though.

So, overall I'm (again) quite disappointed by this lens. Most probably I 'just' got a bad copy again but I start wordering how difficult it is to get a good one. If you can get your hands on fortunate one it's definately a superb lens regarding all the very positive reviews.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Apr 20, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Fast, nice bokeh, small
Cons:
not usable at 1.4, EXTREME vignetting on fullframe :-(

Im not sure if it's just me but this lense has an EXTREME vignetting on my D5 - rendering it virtually unusable for me :-(