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Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Oct 7, 2006 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: Sharpness, Contrast, Colour, Weight

Now since having the 70-200 2.8IS lens i have to say i love this lens even more. it really gives the 70-200 quite a run for it's money. I have yet to duplicate the exacting sharpness this lens provides at infinity focus or even at close focus distances. Wide open it is fantastic. Favourite lens in my bag. I have a hard time keeping any other lens on my camera for long when this one is around i suppose i should leave it at home to give the other lenses a chance to shine.

Canon EOS 20D

Review Date: Jul 27, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Controls, size, build, magnesium, resolution, menu
Quality control,

Aside from the couple DOA's i've had ( 1 completely DOA, the other poor focusing and crooked hot shoe mount ) the controls and handling of the camera are great, i also have the BG-E2 which i use when i'm having a flash on the unit to get a more secure grip otherwise i like the body without it when going out recreational shooting. Size is perfect for the hands and the grip is just fat enough. The BG-E2 grip is a little too large though, doesn't feel as comfortable as the 1 series.

Resolution is great out of the camera the WB adjustment is great for color compensation in the field, raw + jpeg is a great feature with separate files, intuitive control layout means i never have to take my eye from the viewfinder when shooting.

Great high ISO noise particuarly at 800 where i shoot without flash most of the time, it gives you greater flexibility in choosing aperatures to achieve the desired feel, extremely fast shutter speed also helps with the previous point.

Great camera over the XT / 350D and a much more beefier build makes you feel more comfortable attaching larger lenses and large flash units. Looks like a tool as opposed to a toy.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

Review Date: Jul 27, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Sharp at 5.6 and up, light, compact. portrait length on 20D
Flimsy inner barrel moves when pushed.

This lens is a fun lens with the wide aperture, it is soft wide open but stopped down just a bit it is extremely sharp! It is very light and plasticky which will make you careful not to drop it. So small it will fit in any camera bag easily and is a great portrait lens, bokeh is kind of distracting with the strong pentagon shape however the thin DOF gives you many creative possibilities. A great portrait lens soo sharp you need to blur the final in post processing to flatter your subjects. For the price it's unbeatable 3 times less than 1.4 makes it a no brainer.

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Jul 27, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 5 

Pros: Range and IS
Horribly soft poor focusing accuracy and high chromatic abberation.

I had this lens for a couple weeks matted to a 20D, i've created some nice pictures with this lens however my overall impression was that it suffered from lack of sharp images, for some reason consistent back focusing on my copy i returned it to the store. Great range and the IS really was an eye opener in how well it can handle camera shake. I however upgraded to the 17-40 to take care of the low end of the range and returned the unit, the quality of the pictures wasn't impressing me greatly and the softness at pretty much most apperatures due to focusing error (possibly the body just had that replaced as well) really dissapointed me.

If you are not too picky about your images and won't be blowing anything up to great sizes this is a perfect range and recommend it for that. Things that made me switch was chromatic abberation and lack of weather sealing, the build quality was quite good as well on my unit.

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Jul 27, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Size and balance on 20D, great sharpness center to edge, sharp wide open, no CA, build quality.
Range, focus ring and zoom ring are smooth but not like silk compared to older manual lenses.

I upgraded to this lens after going through 2 kit lenses and a 17-85 IS, all of the previous lenses were horrible maybe i'm just picky who knows. This lens performed great once i got my body replaced for having poor focusing accuracy. Wonderfully sharp wide open a real stunner. The size is great and balances really well with the 20D this is my basic walkaround lens currently since i only have a 50 1.8 as well. Weathersealing is great with a B+W Filter.

I highly recommend this lens, much more affordable than the 16-35 and i hear it performs better as well. Can't wait to try it on a FF Camera possibly a cheap film body.