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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Apr 9, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Top built, ultra fast and accurate AF, great balance on a 1 series body, good color rendition.
Cons:
It took my 6 tries to get a good copy. Massive hood.

I am rating this based on the copy I currently have, not the 5 other copies I tried. First, the QC is awful. 1st copy was really blurry at 2.8. Then 2nd-5th copy had issues with the internal lens: Dust, scratch mark and mould. Well mould could be because of bad handling after it left the Canon factory. But dust and scratch most likely from Canon factory. But once you get a good one....

It rocks! Perfect zoom lens, so to speak. No, it's not that heavy despite it says it is 950g. Put on a 1 series body and enjoy. Perfect handling.

It is too expensive though. I've also tried Tamron 28-75 and that's a great lens itself. The pic quality is not too far off but the Canon feel is hands down superior.

Be patient, and find a good copy out there.


 
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Mar 19, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp on 1DS, excellent feel and weight.
Cons:
None that I could think of.

This is very sharp on 1DS, even at corners. I bought the Tamron 28-75 first. That itself was a great bargain lens but I went back to the shop and tested the L. Colors were the same but the sharpness at edges Canon wins, so the shop was very nice to let me upgrade (I tested the 28-75 only for a few days). I'm using this and 70-300DO for travel, perfect! Of course if someone gives me the 16-35, I would not reject but I just don't think the 2.8 version is 2X the price of this.