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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Review Date: Jan 5, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, Sharp, Sharp! Closer focusing distance than the older model, IS and solid as any lens out there.
If I have to say something, then maybe the weight but that comes with the territory

I always wait a while before posting reviews to thoroughly test a lens. Well, I've had this lens now for a few months and have shot portraits, macros (with tubes), sports and wildlife. I have to say, its one of my two favorite Canon lenses (the other being the 100mm 2.8 IS Macro). The Sharpness of this lens is within a hair of being as sharp as my Canon Primes. I would venture to say its at least as sharp as my 400mm L even at f2.8. Color rendition is spot on, the IS works great and you know the minute you pick this thing up that its SOLID. There are already enough reviews going into depth of how good this lens is. All I can say is that they are all correct. Canon hit the ball out of the park on this one. If you can afford this lens, it's a must have for serious Canon shooters. Get it, you won't be disappointed.

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Sep 5, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: SHARP! very good USM focus for a macro, very compact, doesn't extend while focusing and did I say SHARP!

The deciding factor when I bought this lens (between the 50mm and 60mm) was the fact that the 60mm would go to 1:1 w/out additional accessories. I've used the 100mm macro and as much as I like it, it more-often-than-not required the use of a tripod and/or manual focusing. Although some situations with the 60mm has required manual focusing, most times it has AF'ed just fine and "handholdability" is very good.
The sharpness of this lens as others have mentioned is as good as ANY lens you can buy. The length makes for a good portrait lens and can be used as an all-around lens as well. I just can't say enough good things about this lens. You won't be disappointed.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Aug 1, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 3 

Pros: Build, focus speed.
BAD BAD BAD Quality control, even after being sent in for calibration.

After reading tons of great reviews about this lens, I took the plunge and bought one. When I first took it out of the box, I thought it felt solid as a tank. Unfortunately, once I put it on my 20D and shot some pictures, I was completely unimpressed. Every single picture I took was badly back focused. I tried tripod mounted, handheld with faster shutter speeds, with my 550ex but nothing helped. So, I called canon. Interestingly enough, when I described the problem, they didn't seem a bit surprised. They just said to send it in to be calibrated. Well $14.00 later (shipping out of my pocket) it came back. With high hopes, I tried it again. It STILL has the same problem. Unfortunately for me, it was 2 days prior to going on a 6-week trip (that I was looking forward to using this lens) and didn't have time to send it in again. SO I'm stuck on my trip carrying around a $600.00 lens I can't use.
I called Canon and their response was to tell me to send it in again so they can do the same thing they did before. So when I return from my trip, I will have to spend another $14.00 to send it to them and HOPE they will do it right this time. Keep in mind; this will be a total of $28.00 negating the $25.00 rebate they offered. Quality Control is obviously a thing of the past. My other lenses; Tamron 28-75, Canon 60mm macro and even the lowly kit lens are all focusing nicely. One would think that an "L" would indicate a little more attention to Quality Control.
Canon, are you listening?

Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

Review Date: Apr 20, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $345.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: VERY Sharp, fast focusing, Great warranty service, Price to cost ratio.
Crap shoot getting a good copy, other than that nada!

When I first received this lens, I was a bit dissappointed. It was very soft at every length/apature. Having previously worked at a camera store however, I knew many lenses had QC issues (Canon and Nikon included). So I thought I'd give Tamron Service a shot. It took around 6 weeks to get it back from calibration, but when I did get it back, it was TACK SHARP! I have shot hundreds of pictures with it since then and I can promise you, this lens will remain on my camera 98% of the time. I just printed a 24x36 print with it and I couldn't ask for better results. If you get this lens and get a cood copy, you WILL NOT be dissappointed.