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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Apr 23, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,150.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, CA, silent fast focus, color

Struggled with the lens for 6 month. 5 times returned to CANON for back-focus, miss-focus, sharpness problems. The biggest problem was that lens did not focus reliable when wider than 34mm (I was using only a center AF spot).

CANON tech finally replaced element responsible for focusing and I did not need to shoot 10 to select one anymore.

Lens is a gem. It is comparable with primes on F8. It focuses fast and quiet. It is usable on F2.8 and demonstrates a serious sharpness from F3.5 with slight improvement till F8.0. CA are very minimal on corners and mainly on 24mm.

Colors are real and photos are popping up.

I would recommend this lens for a persistent person who can get a good working sample. Result will cost every penny.