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Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Oct 9, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very sharp, Internal focusing and light weight
Focus hunts on areas of poor contrast.

I bought this lens for 2 reasons really, I needed a macro lens and I wanted a lens to fit in the gap between my 17-40L f4 and the soon to be replaced 75-300.

I use it was even more of a good buy as it's the brightest lens I have now :-)

Focusing on solid colours or smooth surfaces give the AF a hard time as you'd expect from any lens really, but point it at any other object and the USM does it's stuff quicker than the 17-40 L.

It spends more time on my 20D now than the 17-40 does.

A little bit expensive too.....but it seems everything in the UK is expensive!!!!

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Jan 2, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

Pros: Fantastic outer build quality, fast usm action and that L factor
Mine won't let me manual focus!!! which is a bit of a bind :(

I have owned this lens for under a week and have taken around 70 shots with it.
On auto focus it's fine on my Canon 300D and it really helps balance the camera (mines fitted with the battery grip), but for me and this particular copy it all changes when you switch to Manual focus.

It just won't stop !!!! it's almost like it's possessed.
I half depress the shutter release and the USM does it's job and snaps the image in to what it thinks is perfect focus. In reality, it never manages to get it.

This copy is going back to the retailer tomorrow for exchnge.