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Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: May 29, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Build quality Wide angle of view (equivalent to 16mm on 20d) Image quality
None that I can think of

It's not a cheap lens, but then you get what you pay for.
Having been used to having a 15mm lens in my rangefinder outfit, I really missed not having an equivalent in digital. This put me off making the move to a decent D-SLR until this type of optic was available.
I've not been disappointed with the 10-22mm: the shots are crisp and have good contrast.
The lens handles very nicely, although it takes a while to get used to the zoom and focusing rings being the opposite way round to the 17-40mm L series.
Some reviewers have commented on the lack of a lens hood - not an issue for me, as the hood that came with the 17-40 fits. At last, something for free!
Someone else commented on the need to use narrow filters. Well, that's not a fair criticism of the lens. It's a function of its angle of view. All super-wides will be affected by this!

So, if you have a Canon D-SLR and want a superwide, then give this optic a go. I don't think you will be disappointed.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: May 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Build quality, image quality, constant aperture.
Quite big, huge lenshood

I've had this lens for all of three days and I'm absolutely delighted with it. I was going to buy the 17-85mm EFS lens (to go on an EOS20d), but on reflection, I think I have made a much better choice by going for the L series lens.
The filter size is a bit on the large side, but I can live with that.