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Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Apr 16, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: good wide to normal zoom range for a crop boddy, great quality (build and optically)
Cons:
supplied lens hood is a bit much on a crop body and does shadow the onboard flash

I've seen a few other reviews that praise this lens as a good choice for the 40D and I can only concur. If you need something faster, this isn't it, but I love it for landscapes and as a general purpose zoom on the crop body.

I originally picked this lens as a compromise, concerned that it wouldn't be wide enough on the 40D, but not wanting to get heavily invested in lenses that would not cover full frame. So far, I've been more than pleased and feel no need to go wider for what I shoot - at least for now.


 
Domke F-3X

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Review Date: Feb 15, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: An outstanding bag that holds a huge pile of gear for its size, doesn't look like a "steal me" camera bag, is easy to work out of and wears like iron. My version is actually an earlier model that is over 25 years old and it still looks decent and does the job.
Cons:
Not much padding (I've used hand towels to wrap extra bodies), not much dust protection, although the wrap over top flap will keep a surprising amount of H20 out of the bag. I've carried a medium size trash bag in the back pocket for years as emergency dust and waterproofing and never had a problem.

I dragged two film SLR bodies, 5 lenses (four prime and a 70- 210 zoom) a Vivitar 273 strobe, about 24 rolls of film and all the usual small bits (filters, batteries, lens cleaning kit, cable release) all over Europe 20 plus years ago in this thing.

Just evicited the film SLR's to make room for a new 40D and two zooms - the bag looks empty, but I may use some of the space to add a little closed cell foam padding - not sure I can trust these digital, electrical marvels to unpadded canvas!