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Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM

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Review Date: Jul 27, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
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Hey all!
I saw in these reviews that there is serious problems getting the designated hood - you might want to check the EW-83DII, which is originally made for the 24 L and by chance fits the 17-40 like it was born for it (superb hood on a x1.6 crop body). I am not sure the thread is the same, but you might want to check if it is possible...
Goodluck!
CG


 
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

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Review Date: May 4, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, Sharp, Sharp (Details and lots of them!), Color rendition, Fast, Buttery OOF background, Fast & Silent focusing USM, Huge Lens Hood
Cons:
Nothing serious - weight (750 gr! Lots of glass inside!) and Huge Lens Hood

Just wanted to say, that I am closing a circle here:
I planned to buy a cobo, the 17-40 f/4L and the 70-200 f/4L, but I was annoyed by the size and white colored 70-200 (why Canon, why white?! so everyone can spot the camera-man!?).
So, I looked for the equiv. of 200mm on a 1.6x crop body, and heck, I stumbled upon this gem here in this forum...and I want to tell you all, fellas, I read EVERY review (and there are lots of them here), and by the time I got to the last review, I already decided I gotta have this glass. My first L, and what an L at that!!
So, if you want a gem, save the approx. 900 USD and put it on the table for this baby. yeah, it would make you walk forward and backward, but MAN, once you take that shot, ha, only super feedback!
Me and my friend did a not too fair comparison with his 100-300 f/4.5-5.6, and even though the zoom was not such a sucker for the prime, from a mile you can point the L over the consumer/prosumer zoom...
Check it out here:
Crop 100% of Center frame:
http://static.flickr.com/55/140407399_e00280fc80.jpg
Crop 100% of Side frame:
http://static.flickr.com/52/140407970_2192edd349.jpg
Take into account that these comparison was NOT performed at the same day (one day later actually), not at the same aperture and at a 1.6x crop (i.e. you see the sweet spot of both cameras, an advantage for the zoom over the superior prime but still...)
From here, people, there is no turning back - only L on my Canon bodies!