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Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

16-35II
Review Date: Jun 27, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,550.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent wide-angle lens; great contrast and color; super sharp; "L" quality all the way.
Cons:
Hood is a pain; bit pricey; 82mm front element (everything else in my bag is 77mm)

Replaced a very reliable 17-40. Absolutely no regrets, even though the price is almost 3Xs the 17-40. F 2.8 speed, build quality, contrast, all make this a super wide angle lens. Its has replaced my 24-70 as the lens always on the body. After 18 mos of use I simply love this lens and highly recommend.

 
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

ef_28-135_35_1_
Review Date: Nov 10, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Surpringly sharp, light, IS, won't break the bank
Cons:
Build, sticky zoom

I am in full agreement with 2thfixr below. This is an under rated lens IF you get a good copy. I have three L's (24-70, 17-40 & 70-200) and have used several others, and in comparison (price) this lens just continues to impress. Because of its weight and range it is my primary walk around lens. If I can only take one, 95% of the time its this one. Based on the ratings and comments about this lens I'm convinced there are good copies and not-so-good copies. I'm lucky enough to have a good one and there's no way I'll give it up. dS

 
Lowepro Mini Trekker AW


Review Date: Mar 1, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $116.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Well built and holds a ton of stuff. Perfect size for under plane seats or in storage bins.
Cons:
Not the most comfortable on long treks with a full load.

Very well built bag that is the right size for a pretty complete dslr system. In mine:

20d w/24-70 2.8 L attached
10d body
70-200 4.0 L
17-40 4.0 L
15mm fisheye
420 EX w/Omni Bounce attached
CG-580 battery charger
RS-80N3 remote switch
misc. memory cards, lens cleaning supplies, caps, etc.

Total loaded weight is 17 pounds and that's all in the main compartment!

The interior padding is good and provides excellent protection. Mine has been on multiple flights to BC and Alaska with no problems. Fits well under plane seats or in storage compartments. Plenty of flexibility to meet full range of needs.

Inside flap pockets hold filters and tri-pod mounts. Zippers have protective flaps so they won't scratch the expensive stuff.

Outside pocket is very roomy and can hold another lens or two if you don't mind the lack of padding. I've had a couple of ham sandwiches, bag of chips, and package of cookies in mine.

The tri-pod attachment works O.K. Not my favorite, but I don't know what I'd recommend as far as improvements.

I have the AW and the covering has worked well. The light gray color of the cover also helps keep the heat down when the sun is bright. I bought the green model to make it less noticeable as a camera bag.

Overall I am very pleased and would highly recommend the bag provided you aren't looking for something for long hikes with a heavy load.