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

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Review Date: Nov 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,659.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: IS, build quality, f/2.8, USM, picture quality
Cons:
weight, not bad using monopod

I switched form the non-IS model to the IS model. The IS is absolutely amazing. Now 90% of my pictures are great and I even got a clear shot handholding at 1/3 sec (70mm). IS is definitely worth the $.

 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Nov 10, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,149.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: fast focus, f/2.8, fixed length zoom
Cons:
no IS, heavy

I had tried this lens twice in the past two months (I bought it and sold it). This is a great lens for outdoors and with sufficient light. But I need to take pictures indoors at concerts with no flash and even at f/2.8 and with a Monopod, I am still loosing about 50% of my shots. I have decided to trade-up to an IS model.

If you need to take pictures at night events or indoors, go directly to the IS model.


 
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM

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Review Date: Oct 29, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,249.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpest lens in Canon's line-up. Fast and absolute silet AF. Superb image and bokeh.
Cons:
f3.5

Sharpest Canon lens ever. I was a bit skeptical looking at the published MTF chart but the lens is just that, sharpest one. Superb image, fast and silet AF. Canon must have improved the AF so make sure you don't buy an older model.

To test the AF I even took the lens to a football game at night and when the switch is set correctly (1.5m to infinity) the focus was dead on, fast and silet. I pushed the ISO to 800 and was able to get some great action shots even at f/3.5.

It's a superb Macro lens and can double as a telephoto lens.


 
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

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Review Date: Oct 5, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $415.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Excellent image quality, light weight and fast focus, great value (compare to L series), good price
Cons:
not F2.8

This lens is an excellent value. When there is sufficient light and you stop it down to f5.6 or greater, the image quality is extremely good. On my 20D, I compared this lens with my 24-70L and blowing up 200% in photoshop, couldn't tell the difference.

Great walk around lens, much lighter than my 24-70L.


 
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM

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Review Date: Oct 5, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $2,200.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: 11X zoom range, fast focus, IS really works, solid solid construction
Cons:
weight, push-pull zoom, very weird ring for tightening the zoom friction, image quality (especially at 300mm)

I had high hopes for this lens to be the one lens I will keep on my camera for 99% of the time. I actually had to sell my 70-200 F2.8 to afford this lens. If I had to do it all-over again, I wouldn't. I would keep the 70-200.

Technically this lens is a modern marvel. It focuses very fast and silet, the IS really works. Image quality is o.k.

I had used push-pull before and had no problem. However, on this one I am constantly mistaking the friction ring for the manual focus ring and the push-pull has a very different feel due to the weight of the lens.

300mm is very soft. I failed to see the point of going to 300 if it cannot have a very sharp image. My 70-200 F2.8 with 1.4X definitely beats the 28-300 at 300.