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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: May 30, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: build is fantastic, sharp, bokeh is about as good as it can get, colour, inspires confidence
Cons:
hood attachment (goes for Canon in general though)

I had the old version of this lens which was very, very good. After getting rid of that to one of my occasional wedding assistants, I was deciding if I should buy this or the new 17-55 IS. After playing with them both (and I am surprised by just how good the new 17-55 IS is, with the exception of build for the price asked) I decided to stick with this lens as it still hasn't been bested by anything, it simply inspires confidence and I know what I am going to get - which is great shots. The colour, sharpness, bokeh, its just all fantastic. It is also in my sweet spot as far as range goes (I do use bodies with a 1.6 crop), in fact I'd say 60-70% of shots from a wedding or even a portrait shoot are from this lens, albeit perhaps a little less percentage for portraits. I rarely need to go wider except when I'm doing landscape shots, and that is a fun pursuit to me not something I get paid for - I have another lens for that. Simply stunning, I don't know if everybody needs it as there are cheaper alternatives that give very good results, but they are not in the same class - or price - as this guy. This on one body and a 70-200 on the other and I'm ready to go, I couldn't ask for more. I do think it is slightly better as far as sharpness compared to the 28-70L, but in fairness it has been some years since I bought that. My one complaint, and it goes for Canon lenses in general, is the fiddly hood, you have to look to see what you are doing which should not be necessary. It is a useful hood though and I appreciate how they try to keep their filter size at 77mm