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Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

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

 
Pros: light, sharp, fast focusing, good 'normal' range on my 20d
Cons:
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

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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!
Cons:
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.)