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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Oct 27, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: weight, sharp, IS, build, IQ... its all there and more
no mount ring, but considering the quality vs. the price i cant say im really that disappointed.

Had originally picked up the 24-70 f/2.8 (copy: UW0912), brought it home and immediately took some snaps. Then popped my 18-55 kit lens back on and took similar shots... which had the better IQ? The kit lens.

Given the level of my excitement when I brought it home and seeing the kit lens out perform the 24-70 2.8, most would be pretty pissed. Glad it happened to me... it provided a moment of pause to reconsider which lens to pick up and which would better complement kit --the 24-70 or 70-200. I knew there were QA problems with the 70, but ultimately decided it wasnt the right lens to build my Canon gear with regardless of the flaw and that I can do without the 24-70 f/2.8, unless an IS version is released...

Took the 24-70 back to the store and they confirmed the it was off. Picked up the 70-200 f/4 IS and the "Classic Plastic" (50 f/1.8) as its replacement without spending any more. Couldnt be happier --though funny how the $1300 lens and the $100 both provide a similar sense of joy.