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Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Sep 1, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: light, sharp, fast focusing, good 'normal' range on my 20d
if it had IS or was f/2.8 that would be great! but i like it as it is.

I use this lens as my walkaround lens. It's smaller and lighter than my 28-70 -- much lighter -- so I don't know why anyone would complain about it's size and weight.

I find this lens to be very sharp even wide open and of course stopped down it is excellent. I also had very high expectations, but I wasn't disappointed at all. I've used this lens in all types of situations -- inside/outside/weddings/street/etc. and I think it's quite versatile and the 27.2mm to 64mm range on my 20D is great for my purposes.

Also, I knew this was an f/4 lens when I bought it, so I use my primes for low light situations. That's NOT why I got the 17-40.

Lastly, I am a pixel peeper & ran many tests with this lens after I received it to make sure I had a good copy and I'm happy to say that I guess I got an excellent copy!

Tokina 28-70mm f/2.8 AT-X 287 AF PRO SV

Review Date: Sep 1, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $240.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Excellent build, very sharp from f/4, reasonably good wide open, great price!
Misses focus in low light, color saturation could be better, min. focusing distance, seems to have compatibility issues with my 420EX flash

I've owned this lens for six months now. I didn't like this lens much at first, but it has really grown on me.

I recently decided to test this lens against my 17-40L and 70-200 f/4 L at the overlapping focal lengths of 28mm, 35mm & 70mm. I was very suprised at how well this lens stacked up against my L lenses. Very close in sharpness at 70mm @ f/4 to the 70-200 L and a tad bit sharper than my 17-40 L at 28mm and 35mm @f/4, but the L's produce better saturation/color. (maybe my 17-40 has some issues, I dunno)

Anyway, at $240, it's a great value. It's built like a tank. A little soft wide open, but still usable and very sharp at f/4 and up! I just wish it had a closer minimum focusing distance (it's about 2ft.)