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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: May 3, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent IQ, price
Cons:
None

This lens is excellent for the price. Sharp, great color & contrast, its just a pleasure to use. Add to that the metal barrel, constant aperture, fast USM focusing and you have a great medium telephoto zoom at a really reasonable price. I'd recommend this lens to anyone as long as they don't mind the size (I think its fine, some might find it a little conspicuous.

Great lens & a great value.


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: May 3, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,059.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: 4 stop IS, weather sealing, excellent IQ
Cons:
plastic barrel?!

I upgraded to this lens from the non-IS version, which was an excellent lens. I was shocked to open the box and find that the barrel of this lens (or at least the bottom portion of it) is made of plastic! Per Canon support, this was done to save weight. Personally, I feel that this is too expensive of a lens to be made of plastic. Poor decision on Canon's part for a pro lens.

So despite the good IQ I've decided to send it back. I had hoped to keep this lens for a long time, but I just don't think plastic will stand up to abuse as well as a metal body. Going to splurge for the f/2.8 version.

I'm posting mostly as information for people thinking of purchasing this lens. I never read anywhere that the barrel was plastic, and I did quite a bit of reading first. I have no doubts that this lens will make many people happy, but for me I was disappointed.


 
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Nov 28, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: IQ, build, weather-sealing, weight
Cons:
....none?

This lens rules. It's relatively cheap, built well and takes excellent pictures! When I upgraded to my 5D, I sold my 16-35 f/2.8L and bought the 17-40 f/4L because I didn't need the extra stop anymore. While I would say that the 16-35 its built a little better, the 17-40 really is a champ. Its a great lens on the 5D.