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Canon EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

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Review Date: Jul 29, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $260.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Excellent backup lens for a working kit of "L" glass. One of Canon's not so well kept secrets, anymore.
Cons:
For its range and speed...none.

This lens was recommended to me after I made a major switched to Canon for myself and several staff photographers a few years ago. I had asked for "backup" glass to have on hand for each system and both of the Canon reps I work with (if you read many posts on Rob Galbraith's site you'll know one of them) highly recommended this lens. Outside of "L" lenses it is considered (by Canon) to be one of their best in its focal range. I have used the lens on some documentary and editorial assignments and was quite pleased. Its size makes it a pleasure to use when lens speed is not a concern.




 
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Jul 3, 2004 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: good backup
Cons:
none

My Cannon rep let me try out this lens. It was ok and probably a good buy if money is the main concern. But I'll stay with the 16-35.