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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Oct 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,099.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Tack sharp throughout all ranges, comes with tripod collar, case, and hood.
Cons:
Color

I've had this lens for about a month and have shot approximately 1,200 pictures with it on my 20D. The clarity and sharpness of the pictures are absolutely amazing. I was debating between this and the Sigma 70-200 EX APO HSM (DG) lens for about 6 months. I justified spending the extra $250 to "upgrade" to the Canon and not once have I looked back.

IS would have been nice, but I am not a pro and did not have another $500 to get that version.

I do not find the weight of this lens as troublesome as some people say. After handholding for 5 hours outdoors, yes, it can get a little heavy, but by no means is it troublesome. Think of the amount of glass that you are carrying. What are you expecting?

This lens absolutely blows my old EF 55-200 f/4.5-5.6 II lens out of the water. If you've been contemplating a high-quality zoom lens and do not need IS, buy this. You will not regret it.

If this is your first "L" lens, you will be hooked... might I suggest the 17-40 f/4L? :-)


 
Canon Deluxe Backpack 200 EG

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Review Date: Sep 20, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $37.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Extremely inexpensive, ample room, nice color scheme.
Cons:
Tight squeeze with 2 dSLRs w/grips and 4 lenses... but manageable.

Inside measurements are: 10"w by 14.75"h by 5"d.

I was able to fit the following in the bag:

- Canon Digital Rebel w/grip
- Canon 20D w/grip w/70-200 f/2.8L attached, hood reversed.
- EF 17-40 f/4L
- EF 85mm f/1.8
- EF 50mm f/1.8 II
- Speedlight 420EX in Case

I still had one adjustable compartment left where I put the EF 17-40 sunflower hood and 85mm hood next to each other.

There are two zipper compartments on the inside of the bag. In the lower (skinnier) one, I put the remote shutter release, BG-E2 battery tray, wall charger, and 2 CF cases.

In the upper compartment, I fit (3) Cokin filters in cases with the mounting bracket and (3) adapter rings.

There are also two velcro pockets on the sides of the bags. I put some of my cleaning stuff in one and the other is still empty.

The fit is a little tight with all of this equipment (i.e., the zipper needs a little manuevering to fit around the second camera body). But, again, for $37.00/shipped, it's well worth the money and I will certainly manage. Spending $120 for a Lowepro back was not an option for me.

If you need a backpack camera bag, visit a local camera shop, inspect it, and then order it online. Just read the other reviews to learn how to remove the Canon logo!