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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Feb 27, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: 1. Sharpness 2. Sharpness 3. Build quality 4. Image Stabilization 5. Did I mention it was sharp?
...I'm thinking...

With 138 reviews (before mine) and an average rating of 9.6, what can I really add here that hasn't already been said?

No matter how many times I use this lens, I never cease to be amazed at how freaking sharp the results are. I'm tellin' ya... for a non-prime lens, this thing is freaking SHARP!

Image Stabilization (IS)
For me, IS is the most addictive feature of this lens. You'll soon find yourself wishing that all your lenses had IS. No joke, I have hand-held images taken at 1/15 that are tack sharp! I'm not even kidding. Talk about low-light capabilities!

Build Quality
When I bought mine, I was also lucky enough to acquire a "junked" one for free (it had been flooded and was beyond repair). So being the engineer that I am, I took the junked one apart. Completely. Upon doing so, I found out why these things cost what they do. The quality that goes into construction is beyond exceptional. It is truly an engineering marvel on the inside. I do not recommend disassembling one of these, by the way. No, I did not get it back together.

Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM

Review Date: Feb 27, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $390.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: 1. At f/2, it becomes a light magnet 2. Very sharp 3. Wonderful bokeh 4. Small, light, inconspicuous 5. Build quality
1. When used on 1.6x camera (20D), it's WAY too long for indoor use 2. Autofocus hunts a bit in low-contrast scenes (somewhat expected)

Overall, I'm quite happy with this lens, especially in low-light situations. When shooting wide open, you have to be very meticulous with your focus since the DOF becomes very very thin. I found the bokeh for this lens to be quite nice and it makes a very nice portrait lens, though a bit too long for a 1.6x camera. Would probably be better on a full-frame camera. I find myself wishing that the minimum focusing distance were shorter.