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Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Feb 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $195.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Excellent sharpness and contrast.
Slight barrel distortion at 24mm.

Just picked up this gem on Ebay and I am really impressed with it's overall peformance. Its not an L lens but it's close behind. I wanted this lens to go with my 17-40L when I need a little more reach. The build quality is fine, not as good as the 17-40L, but the picture quality more than makes up for it. I'd recommend this lens to anybody!

Tamron 17-35mm f2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical

Review Date: Nov 3, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $460.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Well made. Excellent results throughout its entire range.

I bought this lens to replace the Canon 17-40L. I wanted a faster wide-angle zoom. At f2.8 wide open this lens is remarkable. Anybody that is looking for a lens to compare with the 17-40L, this is the one. Excellent build quality and sharp images throughout the entire range make this an exceptional option. It's also about two hundred dollars cheaper.

Canon EF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Oct 28, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharp photos throughout it's range, Fast autofocus.
Slight barrel distortion and some minor CA.

I picked up this lens on ebay and I am quite impressed with it on my 20D. I really have nothing bad to say about this lens. It's sharper than my 28-105 f3.5 USM with good contrast and very little flare. I keep this lens on my camera most of the time. Great lens.