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Canon EF 17-35mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Apr 26, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: Good build quality, good image quality.
Cons:
Soft wide-open.

I use this on a 20D body, as my wide zoom. Funding-wise, it was essentially a trade from a Tamron 17-50/2.8 plus a 28/1.8 (both excellent copies).

I would prefer more reach, but I have a second 20D with a 70-200 on it, plus a 50/1.4 ready to swap on to either body.

I immediately stuck a new multicoated UV filter on front of the 17-35/2.8L, as it's not sealed, and the the front element moves in and out a bit within the barrel.

I'm still trying to find a longer hood that mounts without modification.


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

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Review Date: Sep 9, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: It has f/2.8, which is crucial for me. Overall good IQ (sharpness, color) for the price.
Cons:
Noticeable barrel distortion at wide end. Occasional purple fringing worse than anything I noticed even with Canon 18-55 II kit lens. Zoom ring backwards by Canon convention. Focus ring turns during AF. Possible slow zoom creep when carried pointed down. Kinda ugly and cheap-looking.

I got this as a wide zoom for modern dance photography in small studios and then photojournalism, on 1.6X crop bodies. It was substantially cheaper than a Canon 16-35/2.8 or even used Canon 17-35/2.8. I now carry it around my neck on my second body for event photojournalism, paired with a 70-200, and am pretty happy with this setup. I will probably upgrade the long zoom to 2.8 IS before upgrading this wide zoom.