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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Mar 21, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,659.95 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Solid, fast, great focusing speed, good looking :) etc etc
Cons:
weight.... pricy....

All the pros said them all. There's nothing I can add.

Oh, I'll just say, while the new "Baby White IS" (F4 version) is light & easy to carry around, this "Little White IS" has greater fire power...

So if you are tough, if you are strong, if you are built to carry weights... there's no reason why you should not just aim for this Little White IS. Smile


 
Canon EF 28-105mm f/4-5.6 USM

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Review Date: Jun 24, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: $180.00 | Rating: 3 

 
Pros: None
Cons:
Slow (both in apature & in focusing speed), poorly constructed, toy-like lens

Mistakenly bought this lens (was wanting to buy 28-105 F3.5-4.5), so played around for a day before gotten rid of this toy lens.

This lens really should not be "declared" by Canon as "a micro-USMII to realize fast, quiet autofocus performance." Because it is simply SLOW.

Compared with 28-105 F3.5-4.5, this lens really is like a toy, and with its quality, its price was considered to me expensive.


 
Canon EF 28-105 F/3.5-4.5 II USM

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Review Date: Jun 24, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $215.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Good price, light weight, reasonably well built, reasonably fast (good apature size) for its price, good focusing speed, full time manual focus etc
Cons:
Lens hood not included (need to spend extra $$)

I have been using this lens for more than 2 years now, this was my most used lens (even though I have 2 other L lens) because of the handy zoom range

Really good price, only a little more than its little brother (28-105 F4-5.6), but with full-time manual focus, see-through focusing distance meter, inner focusing system (the front won't rotate while focusing, good for filters) etc etc.

However, when using the focusing points on the edge of the frame, the focusing speed greatly reduced, and sometimes have difficulty focusing in low lights too, even with the help of SpeedLite's focusing assistance Lamp.

Sadly I'm saying good bye to this lens, as the long-desired upgrade lens (24-105 F4 L IS USM) has arrived.


 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Jun 10, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Precise & fast focusing. Sharp image.
Cons:
Expensive...

At least I am very satisfied with this baby~

 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: May 26, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Good lens quality, good looking (except the hood), light weight, nice build, great image quality!!
Cons:
Super expensive tripod mount ring, stupid looking hood, no weather proof, strange size for filter...

his is such a great lens, image quality is as good as 70-200 F2.8 (after reviewing it and reading many other people's reviews, I really can't say which one is better than which one).


It is really cool to carry around and not feeling tired... (I use EOS 1V, that's 1.3KG already with PB-E2), has a good zoom range, and the weight that my hand can hold it steady (like aiming a gun on someone) for a long period of time.


The bad news is... after struggled for 3 months, I decided not to buy the tripod mount ring... it's pretty much 1/3 of the cost of this lens... what's the point? I might as well save the money and contribute to my lens collection in the future!!


Another bad news is... I hate that 67mm thread size... I tried to sell my B+W UV Filter, which is not bad at all, but... no one seems to use a lens with such a filter size... (even within Canon EF lens family, I can't find more than 2 lens that uses 67mm filter...)


But hey, after all, with such a cheap price, that squeeze you into the "L" club, yet it gives you top image quality amongst zoom lens, what a bargin!!