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Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Dec 7, 2004 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: Fast AF, good WA even on 1.6x dSLR, dynamic colors.
Poor optical performance, really soft, almost all pictures taken at f/2.8 need USM, compared to a the 100USD kit lens (18-55) and the diff. is barely noticeable. Expected ALOT more from a L-lens costing 13 times more than a 'simple' EF-S kit lens *imo*...

I'd expected greater optical performance from a "L-lens". I've shot a few hundred pictures with a 20D, and almost nothing with it impress me. Going to have a chat with Canon regarding a lens calibration - and hope that's the issue with it. Maybe Canon's quality check department is a one man's army.....