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Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

Review Date: Oct 25, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Superb sharpness @ f/2.8 and beyond, pleasing color/contrast, cheapest f/1.4.
Cheapo build quality for a $300 lens; Bokeh not too pleasing at distant; Soft @ f/1.4-1.8

Classic optical formula still works brilliantly today.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Oct 5, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: One of the sharpest zooms ever! Superb color & Contrast, smooth bokeh for a F/4 lens, awesome resolving power, ultra fast AF and smooth handling, great build quality, the value king of "L".
Erm... Give me IS for the same price Canon :)

Don't take my words -- try it and see it yourself, I'm sure you will save your last cent for it.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Oct 4, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: "L" build quality, Great Color & Contrast, Perfect Handling, Nearly Flare Free despite being a 77mm WA lens.
So-so value. F/4 doesn't do you any favor indoor. Not the sharpest lens you can have for the money.

I didn't have high hope in this lens coz it isn't one of the sharpest lens like most its L brothers. But once I try it I am stunned by its color/contrast/flare resist ability, it does make your shots look good -- isn't that what you want for a landscape lens? Its size/weight are just about right and focus fast make it a very nice walk-around lens on my 20D.

Sure its sharpness isn't really pleasing but this is a WA ZOOM. Value wise this isn't the best deal you have can around town -- but if what you need is stunning landscape result, this is your lens.