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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Apr 2, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Great image quality, excellent IS.
Cons:
Quite odd focal length if used on crop sensor, fairly useless lens hood on crop body.

Excellent lens, my second "L" that I bought after I got rid of the two kit lenses that came with my 400D. I wanted a walk-around, general purpose lens to compliment my 70-200 2.8 IS and after looking at the alternatives (EF 24-70mm f/2.8L and EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS) I decided to go with this lens. The EF-S was a close competitor but I decided against buying it as I'm planning on getting a FF camera in the near future. I would gladly give up half of its focal length to get f2.8 but nothing's perfect, after testing 24-70 2.8 I decided that IS is more important to me that a bit more light (f4 vs. 2.8), if I want wide aperture I have my 85 1.8 (while dreaming of 85 1.2... maybe one day).

The image quality is generally excellent except for a mild barrel distortion at the wide end (easily corrected with Photoshop anyway). it's a great genera, purpose lens and I'd recommend it to anyone.


 
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM

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Review Date: Dec 9, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Price, build, image quality
Cons:
No lens hood - come on Canon!

My second "real" lens (not counting two crappy kit ones) and I just love it.