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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

ef70_200_4_1_
Review Date: Jul 31, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: build quality, sharpness, auto-focus speed, price
Cons:
none

This is my first "L" lens and I really like it. The images are sharp, the auto focusing is fast. The build quality is superb.
I love the look of the pictures the lens makes, the contrast and the nice bokeh.


I chose this one over the f/2.8 mostly because of the size. It is not very heavy. Also the smaller size is an advantage, if you travel a lot like me.


If you wish, have a look at some pictures taken with this lens in this set on my flickr. all were take with my Canon EOS 7D.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/martinpilat/sets/72157630843357626/


 
Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF]

1750diII
Review Date: Aug 23, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $460.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: image quality, constant max aperture 2.8
Cons:
noisy autofocus, some vignetting on the wide end fully open

I bought this lens as a replacement for the Canon kit lens. I am perfectly satisfied with it and can recommend it to everybody. You would hardly find better lens in this price range.


The lens is sharp and has great image quality, the only downside is that there is some vignetting visible on the wide end when wide open (but that is not a big deal, see for example http://www.flickr.com/photos/martinpilat/4905305533).


The 17-50 range together with the maximum aperture of 2.8 make this lens almost ideal for indoor shots without flash.


I have some pictures taken with this lens in this set on Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/martinpilat/sets/72157624785184948/
(taken with Canon EOS 1000D (Rebel XS)).