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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Feb 3, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,250.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: IS, Range, sharp from 24-50, very good build quality
Cons:
Sharpness drops off after 50mm. Softer then 24-70 2.8L at same focal length, Price.

I have a 20D and wanted to replace my Sigma 24-70 2.8 with something better. I thought that the 24-105 with IS would fit the bill. The first 24-150 was very soft at 70mm and above, which was noticable without zooming in using photoshop.

I returned the lens and got a second copy. It was better at all focal lengths, but the performance still dropped off above 50 mm. I rented a 24-70 2.8L, and it beat the 24-105 at all focal lengths except 24mm which was about the same. At f4, the 24-70 clearly won which was surprising based on a review at Luminous Landscapes.

I returned the second copy and now I have a 24-70 2.8L on order. Hopefully it will be as good as the copy I rented....

If you decide that this lens may work for you, make sure you test it across all focal lengths. I may have just received two bad copies.

Optical quality is more important to me then IS.


 
Bogen/Manfrotto 3021 Tripod Legs

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Review Date: Aug 20, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $150.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: I did a lot of research on tripod legs. The carbon fiber were out of my price range, so I picked up a 3021 at the local camera shop. It has not let me down! I like the fact that I can look through the camera without extending the center column for additional stability. I was concerned about weight for our trip to Yosemite. I ended up strapping it to the side of our camera backpack with no problem. I barely noticed that it was there. I have a 484RC2 head which is fine except for no paning base. Not very helpful for panoramics, so the head will be upgraded soon.
Cons:
The only negative is weight, but that turned out not to be a serious issue.