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Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: May 31, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fantastic sharpness and color. Watch for those Dell deals.
Cons:
None, really. Price, perhaps.

This is one superb lens. That extra stop (and subsequent third-stop increments) sure comes in handy. I loved the 17-40 on my EOS 30D, but I absolutely love the 16-35. I'm excited to use it on a full frame body, when the occasion arises, but for now, it's fabulous.



 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: May 1, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, beautiful renditions. Excellent quality build (naturally), extremely versatile with some macro capability, even on a 1.6 "crop" camera. Solid, fast focusing, and Image Stabilizer is extremely handy.
Cons:
Negligibly soft at long lens. Not internal focusing (tube extends as you zoom in); not necessarily a major negative.

This is the perfect walkaround lens, and should be a stable in every camera bag. Its 77mm outer thread means you can share its hood and filters with other sibling lenses. You can get pretty close to subjects, or virtually step in with the 105 extension. It's pretty sharp all across the range, and even wide open. I highly recommend this lens for walking during the day. It pushes just fine in the evening too!

Dell specials have come and gone, but if you can get in on some of the deals, they are a bargain. You may wait a few weeks, and like some, maybe even a month. If this lens isn't critical to your business, it's worth the wait for the price.