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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Jan 8, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,250.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Great Bokeh, Quick & Quiet Focus
Cons:
Heavy, Mis-Calibrated Autofocus (Battery Test/Back Focus Test), Low Light performance not as good as prime lens, UV Filter overpriced

This was my first Canon L Lens purchase and had very high expectations for its performance.

Current inventory: Canon 50 1.8 & Canon 18-200EFS 3.5-5.6

The 18-200 is half the price of the 24-70L and at similar focal lengths the 18-200 came out on top on what I thought was a 'sharpness' factor (details of back focusing below). As for depth the 24-70L and wide aperture was very noticeable. Also nice bokeh.

Shooting within the 1m range of the subject, the 24-70mm was solid, but realistically I am not going to be that close to my subjects for all my shots especially at 70mm.

Results of my battery test:

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/philiphoang/4257634136/sizes/o/">Battery Test</a>

Shooting 1m+ of the subject and at 70mm. The batteries are stacked at roughly 2 inches and 45 degrees to the next. This shot was taken roughly 1.5m away from the center subject (#4). The focus is subtle, but you can read the fine print on #5 as compared to the center. In fact, #6 (though not shown in 100% zoom) is slightly sharper than #4 as well.

For $1250, I was hoping for quality performance and quality control. Take my review with a grain of salt, I've talked to much more experienced photographers who have all told me their 24-70mm is a gift from heaven. I hope my next copy will yield better results.


 
Canon Speedlite 580EX II

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Review Date: Oct 23, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $380.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Can't beat the recycling time.
Cons:
Heavy, best used off cam. 20 flash continuous requires cool down.

Strobe has not disappointed. I'm not sure if anyone else here has the same issue in build but I noticed some "fog" in the LCD screen.

http://docs.google.com/View?id=dqhr5f7_39j2rj6mdh