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Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Jul 19, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $710.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness, price
Cons:
Easily fogged by stray sunlight - use a shade

Really excellent, sharp lens with good color and contrast for a quite reasonable price. Makes my Tokina 19-35 look like an Instamatic by comparison. Not a bad walking-around lens for a 10D.

 
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

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Review Date: Jul 1, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Light weight. Sharp. Reasonable price. Nifty support ring.
Cons:
Slow for evening or night shots. Requires steady hand or tripod.

This is a wonderful lens to take backpacking for nature shots. It's light in weight, rugged, has a built-in telescoping shield, and a nifty support ring you can detach without taking the lens off the body. (I wish my 70-200 f/2.8L had one!) Maybe not long enough for small birds, or fast enough for twilight pictures. But if you're working in daylight and the priority is on portability then this is your lens. Very sharp images with good colors.

 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Jun 18, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,600.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast and sharp optics. Focuses quickly. IS works well.
Cons:
Heavy, draws attention, expensive.

This is the most expensive lens in my kit, I bought it based on the rave reviews here and elsewhere. After shooting two stage events with it (and my 10D), I can't imagine using anything else. Indoors, outdoors, day or night, it got the pictures I wanted in available light and hand-held. Excellent colors and great sharpness: I can tell the time of the shot because I can read the wristwatch on the performer.