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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Jul 23, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Light-Weight, Sharp, L-Glass, good range
Cons:
f/4 not f/2.8 (duh), seeks in low light (expected), Tripod Collar not included

I picked this lens off an FM member here a few years ago who was upgrading the the 70-200 f/2.8 L IS. If I was to compare the two, I'd have to say they are quite different lenses for completely different people. The f/4 is light and small compared to it's big brother the f/2.8 IS - I'm sure the f/4 IS and f/2.8 live somewhere in-between. But for me, taking any zoomish shots mostly during the day or in well-lit auditoriums, I don't need the extra allowance of light the f/2.8 allows (I'm likely shooting at f/5.6 anyways).

I will say that the f/2.8 is a beautiful lens, and the things IS can do on it are wonderful - think carrying it around is heavy? So is a tripod. However, I still take many great and sharp shots with the f/4 at at least a third of the price. If you want this focal range, and are looking for some great glass but can't afford the big daddy in the zoom "trinity" then this is certainly a great lens for you.


 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Jun 30, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great for Indoor Photography, Versatile, Perfect Build Construction, Good for indoor events & outdoor photoroams
Cons:
Heavy, Expensive, no IS

It was a toss-up for me to get this or the 24-105mm F4 L IS - I opted for this because I wanted the extra stop of light. Now, I don't necessarily use it at f/2.8 when doing events, but it's nice to know that it's an option, and stopped down a bit coupled with a good speedlight I'm taking some great event shots - both posed and candid.

I don't know if IS would add to this lens, but it certainly wouldn't take away (though undboutedly it would become almost too heavy to hand-hold with the added motor). I do use this lens outdoors, walking around, landscapes, portraits - it rarely comes off my camera body, despite the added weight.

After purchasing this I can easily say it's the best lens I've ever owned (also the most expesnsive) consistently producing wonderful shots - I recommend it to anyone considering this focal range.