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Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jul 20, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $775.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Solid build, Sharp, Great contrast

I picked this lens up used a while ago after debating between it and a new 24-70 L. I dont regret my decision at all. This is one great lens. Of all my lenses this is the vost versitile. I call it one of my 'money makers' and when I'm ever in doubt about what type of lens I'll need for a shoot I always include the 28-70 L.

I use it for portraits, groups, street, you name it. Sure, in each of those situations I have specific lenses that are more suited but none that can handle them all (including the GREAT 70-200 IS)

Sharpness and contrast are top notch.

Lowepro Pro Mag 2 AW

Review Date: Feb 1, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $130.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Rainproof cover, nicely padded, can hold a lot for its size.
Hard to access when on shoulder. Tripod straps only good for a monopod. Price

I read good reviews on this bag and have been using it for about six months. It's my main camera bag and for it's size it can hold a lot. Currently mine holds the following: 10D w/Grip and 14-40 L atatched, 80-200 2.8 L, 135 2 L, 85 1.8, 50 1.4, Meter, CF card case, filters, grey cards.

As you can see mine is stuffed. I'm actually growing out of it since the hood for the 80-200 2.8 wont fit in. The bag is very well made and has a nice raincover that is accessed from a zipper pocket on the back. It's nicely padded and is not too much of a strain on the shoulder for me even when fully loaded. I do find myself wanting more space and may upgrade to a larger model but thats a personal thing.

My only con is the price, it's pretty expensive for its capacity, and the fact that it isnt all that easy to access equipment while on your shoulder, I only open it up when the bag is on the ground, but for what it is ... a medium size shulder bag ... it's very good.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Jul 23, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Solid Build, Sharp, Nice balance on a 10D + BG-ED, Outstanding color saturation. Very good min. focus distance. Shares the best L value (cost/performance) with the 70-200 4 L and the 200 2.8 L.
Slow lens, it could be a stop faster (but then it would be the 16-35 2.8 and cost almost twice as much so it's not really a con) The only real con is the lens hood. Flimsy and awkward sized (hard to hit in bag) The hood for the 24mm 1.4 L is supposed to fit the 17-40 and work much better.