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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Dec 15, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: f/2.8, sharp, fast (USM), well built - it's L
Cons:
None? Okay, perhaps weight and price

Amazing in many ways. The sharpest of the 70-200 Canon EF lenses. It doesn't have IS but makes up for it by being slightly sharper.

I've got used to the weight so working with this lens is just pure joy. Works well with many types of photography even tho it might be tricky to use freely indoors with the 1.5 meter near-limit in mind. Produces wonderful images with great sharpness, color and contrast.



 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

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Review Date: Dec 15, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, USM, handy in most situations
Cons:
Not L standards, "just" f/1.4, tad bit noisy

Everyone should probably have a 50mm prime in their lens lineup (just "in case") and this seems to be among the best ones around. I wouldn't turn down a L-version with better build quality, maybe f/1.2 and faster/silenter USM - but you can't have it all! Smile

Can do pretty much anything but works very well for portraits and walk-around photography. My copy is pretty sharp overall, and very sharp stopped down a bit.



 
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Dec 15, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: f/2.8, sharp, fast (USM), well built, weather protected
Cons:
Expensive

Just got this lens and I'm very happy with it. A big investment, but clearly worth it. The ability to "create" with this lens is amazing. The wide-angle makes it possible to catch moments, landscapes and people in one picture and create a rather interesting story. Plus the f/2.8 might save the day when you need it, also one of the reasons I did not consider the 17-40 f/4 lens.

I find my copy sharp and overall it seems to be very well built (also fast AF) and the weather protection just adds to the plus.