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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Mar 4, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,150.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: weight, sharpness, 4 stop IS & build quality
Cons:
price, f4, cheap looking hood, filter size

i sold off my 70-200 f2.8 IS for this lens and i never looked back!

why f4 IS?
half the weight
slightly sharper wide open
better IS and did i mention its half the weight of 2.8 IS??

what i'd miss?
the lovely bokeh on 2.8
the hood
77mm filter size i share among my other L's

simply a great lens .. and the envy of my Nikon friends


 
Canon EF 17-35mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Feb 6, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: weight, price, constant 2.8
Cons:
none .. absolutely perfect for the price i paid

it was either the newer 17-40 f4 or the 13 year old 17-35 f2.8. I found a used but very good condition 17-35 f2.8, tested it along with 17-40. Constant f2.8 at 600 is hard to beat.

 
Sigma 50mm f2.8 EX Macro 1:1 Lens

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Review Date: Feb 3, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: price & sharpness
Cons:
slow focusing in low light

i needed a macro lens and i found one in good shape and price. tested it for a while, paid my dues and went home a happy man.

this lens is all about sharpness .. only wish it had HSM as it tends to hunt in bad lighting.

for the price i paid its a steal.


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Dec 28, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,599.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: great bokeh, constant 2.8 throughout the FL, IS, built quality & very fast focusing speed
Cons:
price & a tad heavy

i needed a lens to shoot concert/events. this lens is great, the IS is superb and the focusing speed is very very fast. I coupled this lens with the sigma 1.4x TC and i like what i see. I was in a dilema once, f4is or f2.8is? I went over to a cam shop and asked for both lens to test. I went home with the f2.8IS and never looked back.

highly recommended!!