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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

70-300mm
Review Date: Oct 21, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,499.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: IQ, Focus speed, IS, Size
Cons:
Have to use non-canon teleconverter

Bought this spring during the rebate program, it is one of two lenses usually found on my camera. Love the lens for its size, sharp images, lightening fast focus. Tried a Kenko Pro 300 DGX and wasn't satisified with resulting IQ and focus speed was not good even in mid-day sun. This lens is a great one to carry and expect excellent results from -- I consider it one of my best lens purchases even at the price it goes for. I used the consumer 70-300 IS for several months before buying this and consider the L to be a considerable upgrade in th important factors of color, contrast, sharpness, focus speed, and that increidble IS.

 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Oct 23, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,050.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Range, IS, Build, IQ
Cons:
A little heavy, f4

Wanted to replace my 17-85 kit lens on my 40D. Reviewed my past history and found I rarely shot below 24mm for my outdoor shooting, but wanted something sharper and longer. After some research decided to go with this lens and have been very happy with the IQ, Colors, Contrast, quick focus, and the IS is very good. If you have a crop camera you may want to also be sure you won't miss that range below 24mm or have alternative lenses. I still have the 17-85 in case I need that 17-24 range, but over the months I've had this lens I've used the 17-85 only one time. This is becoming a favorite lense for me.

 
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

EF17-85
Review Date: Feb 13, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: IS is great, sharp in the upper end, light, great range on my 40D. Focuses fast in good light.
Cons:
Lower end soft, also f5.6 at that upper end is pretty dark. Focus roams in dim light.

Not sure what I "paid" as this was part of my 40D kit when the 40D was new. I've used this lens a lot and have some great shots, some have made a special annual calendar that is pretty competitive to get in, and I've had some nice portriats ans well as nice walk around shots. I do not tend to shoot in the lower range (below 24mm) but feel the lower end isn't as good and intend to get a 10-22 down the road. About 3 months ago I obtained a telephoto prime that just has knocked my socks off, so I'm considering trying an L in this range (24-70 or maybe 24-105) but will keep this lens due to the low weight and excellent range (this matches up with my old Eos Elan film camera with the 28-135, which I also loved). I'm definitely an amatuer so have less demading expectations of my equipment, but would like to try a lens or two at the upper end to see how it fits my shooting style. I think this lens on the used market now (<$300 often) is a good deal -- great IS, great range on a crop, acceptable quality, relatively fast focus in good lighting.

 
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: Feb 13, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Weight and build quality for a 200mm is great. Great sharpness, contrast, and the focus is lightening fast.
Cons:
I do have trouble getting the lens hood on this lens sometimes, but that is about all I can complain about -- it is the MkII version so has a removable lens hood.

My first "L", I had borrowed a 70-300 and used it a month and found almost all my shots were around 200mm, and I really didn't like the results with the 70-300 -- it just didn't "feel" right -- so took the leap and tried the "L" prime. I shoot with a 40d. Now I'm hooked. I'm an amateur that is regarded in my local circle of friends, and have had good equipment a long time (my first camera I bought in the mid-70s was an used Canon F-1 with FD 50mm f1.4 -- but I've never been much of a buyer of lenses). My first full day out with this lens resulted in several pictures that rank among my favorites ever -- I am amazed at the capabilities of this lens. I'm reluctant to post on a list like this with true professionals that really are expert, but I can't help it -- it is the best purchase I've made since that used F-1! I think having confidence in your equipment does help with the quality of the work, and I've been trying a lot of things with this lens since I'm motivated to learn how to use it's capabilities -- and I'm not disappointed so far!