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Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Jan 25, 2013 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: Sharpness. Versatility. Rich colors.
Cons:
It's a bit heavy.

So, yes, I wrote a review on this lens back in 2008. Wanted to throw in a little update.

I've been shooting with this lens on a Canon 5Dc body for some time now and am loving the results. Been muttering about getting a new crop body for some time, so my beloved wife gave me a new T4i for Christmas. Thought seriously about purchasing a walkaround lens for the Rebel, then came up with the idea of trying the 28-70 on the T4i for still shots. Darned if it's not magic on the crop body as well.

So, 4 years later, my recommendation remains the same. If you can find one, buy it. You'll be amazed.


 
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM

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Review Date: May 30, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros:
Cons:
Minor CA in high-contrast images with bright sunlight

I picked this lens up new recently. It was a consolation prize after selling my 135L (which in itself is a long story involving poor decisions by a daughter old enough to know better). After using this lens a bit and checking the images, I'm surprised to find that I don't miss the 135L all that much. In fact, had I owned this lens first, I probably would not have ever purchased the 135L - it's that good.

The build quality is OK...clearly not as solid as an L lens, but you're not paying an L lens price either. In terms of image quality, however, this lens "runs with the big dogs".

This lens really shines indoors, especially in low light. Does a great job for me on both my 5D and 350D, shooting both portraits and indoor sports with available light (I've taken a few basketball shots in available light with this lens that really made me smile). It's simply flawless indoors. Sharp as a tack, even wide-open. Very rich color, especially with the 5D.

My copy does display a little CA wide-open with high-contrast images taken in bright sunlight, but it's nothing that can't quickly be fixed in post processing.

Can't understand why Canon doesn't sell more of these. Highly recommended. An outstanding lens and one of the best values in the Canon lens line-up.


 
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: May 30, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $620.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build - Image Quality - Fast AF - Great for hand-held shots
Cons:
Have yet to discover any

I bought this lens used because I wanted a moderately fast lens with some reach. Didn't really think I'd use it all that much, but I want wrong - I got more lens than I bargained for! I've found it to be my best lens for long-distance candid shots.

Three things about this lens have really knocked my socks off:

1) The sharpness and the colors of the images from this lens on my 5D are outstanding.

2) It's light enough for sharp hand-held shots at slower shutter speeds.

3) The AF is very, very fast.

I should point out that this lens also takes a 1.4 TC very well - no noticeable loss of image quality. Highly recommended.


 
Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Jan 24, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great IQ - Sharp images, vibrant colors, fast and quiet AF
Cons:
Not weather sealed

I rolled the dice and purchased this lens used on eBay. Really wanted a 24-70 f/2.8 L. In fact, I was serious enough to rent one for a week-end just to check it out. The 24-70 is a great lens, but the price on that lens is pretty high. Got the 28-70 lens for a price I just couldn't pass up, especially after reading the other reviews here.

The lens arrived earlier today. I took about 100 shots of various types (some macro outside, indoors in low light, a few candid portraits in natural light). Nothing inspiring, I just want to get a feel for the lens. I sure liked the way this lens felt in my hands. Solid build - feels like high-quality gear. It may be a little lighter than the 24-70, but not much. The AF is very smooth, very quiet and very fast.

After shooting, I uploaded to my PC, and laid them out for a look (included some serious pixel peeping). The very first thing that struck me was the sharpness of the images. I was consistently impressed. This lens also rendered some very rich colors, which really gave the images some "pop".

My expectations for this lens was that the IQ would compete with my 70-200 f/4 L. Not only does this lens compete, but the sharpness may better at certain settings (around 50m at f/8 seems to be a sweet spot, at least for this copy).

My only complaint is that the lens is not weather sealed, so I'll have to be a bit careful about subjecting it to the elements (I took off a point on "Build Quality" for this).

I am very happy with my purchase. If you're thinking about the 24-70 and you don't mind giving up the 4mm on the low end, consider a used 28-70. You'll likely save several hundred dollars without sacrificing any IQ whatsoever. This lens will be in my bag until the glass falls out.