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Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM

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Review Date: May 8, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fast AF, USM, well built for a non-L, contrast and color, wide on a ff body, compact
Cons:
Slightly expensive

I was a little apprehensive to purchase this lens after reading so many conflicting reviews. I went ahead with the purchase and only regret not picking up this lens earlier. Shooting wide open is completely acceptable as far as sharpness, however, I think sharpness is generally over-hyped. I'd recommend this lens to a friend.

 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Feb 17, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: beautiful bokeh, very fast focus lock, good color/contrast, great L build quality
Cons:
big hood, not quite wide enough on a 1.6 body

I've gone through several different lenses looking for the right 'walk around' lens. First was the 28-135 IS then the 17-85 IS and then the 24-70. The 24-70 was a breath of fresh air for shooting in lower light. The lens was eventually sold to purchase the outstanding 17-55 IS which was much more usable on cropped body. I would probably go back to the 24-70 if upgrading to a ff sensor.

 
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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Review Date: Feb 17, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,375.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Nice range, versatile, sharp for a zoom of this range, good color/contrast, typical L quality build
Cons:
Heavy

One of the first comments people ask is about the push/pull zoom. It's not tough to get used to. After one day shooting it was just as natural as a twisting zoom mechanism. The copy I have is surprisingly sharp. I was prepared to give up some IQ compared to the 70-200 series, but it's not far off the mark. I was especially ready to give up a lot of IQ when shooting wide open throughout the range, but that hasn't been a problem either.

It's heavy and fairly big so you may need to look into getting a new bag. Another issue that I've seen come up is dust. I've only used the lens for about a month and I haven't seen any problems so far.

It's a very versatile lens that I'd recommend to anyone.


 
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

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Review Date: Dec 13, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Good range on a 1.6 body, effective IS, appropriate pricing
Cons:
Build quality

This lens has great range and an effective IS system. It is a little on the slow side and the build could be better, but for the price you are getting a decent walk-around lens with good image quality.

 
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

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Review Date: Nov 21, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Unbeatable sharpness, quick focus, great handling
Cons:
None

This is hands down the highest quality lens I have ever owned (others: 50 f/1.4, 85 f/1.8, 70-200 f/2.8). This lens will never let you down.


 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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Review Date: Nov 21, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Optics, 3-stop IS system, price, light, portable
Cons:
Lens creep when it's not 'locked' to 70mm

Thereís not much more that I can add that hasnít already been said. Clearly it doesnít have the build quality of the L series lenses, but the price tag reflects that. For the money you are getting a big range lens with great optics and a fantastic IS system. If you don't need to rely on the faster focus of the L series lenses, this lens should fullfill nearly all of your needs.

 
Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM

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Review Date: Oct 19, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,150.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: 2.8, IS, USM, sharpness, zoom range
Cons:
Price, no hood, build could be better

Best of the the EF-S line-up that I've used. F/2.8 combined with IS, and ISO800 make it the an ideal low light lens. I find this range very useful for most of my work. I don't have the steadiest hands so the IS definitely helps out. I find that the 17-55 is at least as good as the 17-40L, but has a better range, IS and is faster.

My biggest complaint, which isn't really that bad, is that the build doesn't match the price paid. It also would have been nice to have the hood included in this price, but I've yet to buy a non L lens that has a hood anyway. Either way, I bought it and love it. Sure a prime is sharper and faster, but the trade off of having a sharp zoom is great.