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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

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Review Date: Jul 10, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Speed, Ultra Sharpness.
Cons:
None

Staggeringly good images. I've read what other people have said of this lens, and decided to invest. It's all true, it is very nearly a bag full of primes. The color rendition available is second to none, and sharpness is excellent. (To be fair I use it on a crop body so cannot comment for corner to corner sharpness on a full frame). Being so wide an aperture, using a 2x TC is available without tape trick, with marginal reduction in quality...but it still more than holds its own against similar aperture/length lenses such as the 100-400L.

The weight is significant but i've only found it a problem after a full day with this lens, body, bag and a tripod too. If anything, it feels solid rather than heavy.
Highly Recommended.


 
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

3_5-5
Review Date: Mar 5, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great "walkaround" lens, Very good IQ for price, Very good IS.
Cons:
Vignettes a great deal wide open,

A great ef-s lens. Good value for money and a superb focal range. 24 to 136mm 35mm equivalent with IS…. I know a couple of FF users who would love that little extra range from the 24-105L. Obviously as is Canon's preference, ef-s lenses do not get L classification; Build quality wise, this lens doesn't quite justify it anyway. It feels quite plasticky in the hand but very solid none the less, not too heavy, but good enough to let you feel that it's not badly built.

FTM focus and nice IS top off the package, but every so often it reminds you that it's built to a budget, aperture narrows very quickly through the focal range. This is almost handy in a way though because wide open at 15mm, it vignettes considerably…you need to remember to stop down. There's almost a tendency to just keep shooting with as wide an aperture as possible, as IQ stays nice and sharp when you're using it fully open.

Out of focus areas seem reluctant to blur nicely…its almost as if the lens compulsively wants everything to be as sharp as possible. It took the use of a hill half a mile away to produce usable "bokeh" effects, but in some circumstances, thats a plus point.

Teamed with a good telephoto and a quick prime, it's almost the perfect lens combination for a crop body Canon owner. It now lives on my body 95% of the time…in fact whenever I'm not doing a portrait session/reaching for extra length or aiming for min depth of field.