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Canon EF 17-35mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Apr 1, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: great wa range, very good image quality using optimal apertures, smaller and lighter weight (compared to 16-35L)
Cons:
not great wide open, not great at the long end (35mm)

compared the 17-35L against two new 16-35L on my 1Ds, practically, for my type of shooting there was no difference in sharpness or distortion. color fringing is a tad better corrected on 16-35L, one has to fix it in ps anyway. lots of people are trading up to the 16-35, great bargains out there. test before you buy.

 
Canon EOS 10D

10D
Review Date: Mar 30, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: price, image quality, high iso, 1.6x , quite silent, light weight.
Cons:
1.6x, small viewfinder

i got it for the high iso and its silence.

 
Canon EOS 1Ds

21Ds
Review Date: Mar 30, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: RESOLUTION, RESOLUTION, RESOLUTION, RESOLUTION,
Cons:
none

the rent payer. better than my hasselblad.
sold hasselblad.


 
Sigma 14mm f2.8 EX Aspherical

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Review Date: Mar 30, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: only sharp true wide angle available for 1.6x sensors at a reasonable price.
Cons:
distortion, flare, weight.

got it for the 10D. not usable on the 1Ds. absolutely not usable below 5.6.

 
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8

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Review Date: Mar 30, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharp wide open, very little distortion, light weight
Cons:
small mf ring, noisy

excellent optical quality throughout all appertures. (2.8-11) very usable above. on ff.


 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Mar 30, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: constanst F2.8, zoom range
Cons:
strong barrel distortion on ff, professionally not usable under f5.6

this lens might be great for the 1.6x sensor, but on the full frame it simply distorts too much at the wide end. it is also not usable below 5.6 (at the wide end) for my needs. test before you buy.


 
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

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Review Date: Mar 30, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: excellent optical quality, IS works, light weight
Cons:
small mf ring, lens extends while zooming

got it first as a loaner while waiting for the 24-70L, kept it.