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

Review Date: Dec 11, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,650.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: classic tele zoom range, sharp images, near-perfect bokeh, IS that works
size, weight & paint job that pushed me into primes - akward design on control buttons that frequently get moved to wrong positions

For me, this lens replaced a like-spec Nikkor for wedding work. After a season, I grew to hate it. It's big, it's heavy, and the controls switches frequently get moved out of position, making you miss fast shots (Canon had changed AF/MF, Focus Limit, and IS controls to a flat design on newer zooms). Last on the gripe list ... the paint job. A white lens looks silly when you're covering a wedding. Subjects know the very second this lens gets pointed towards them - so much for subtle.

Optically, it's hard to fault. Sharp & with great bokeh. The IS is a shot saver.

I moved to 85 & 135 primes - they focus faster ... especially in marginal conditions

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: Jul 7, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $699.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Really fun to use - great build - flair resistant - low distortion
f4.5 on the long end is an issue

This is a wonderful lens and a good value. Distortion is low, but super wide images can be soft (which I expected). My only real frustration is f4.5

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Jul 7, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $899.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Reference-level build, sharp images, wonderful colors, fast focus

In almost 30 years of owning nice camera gear by Olympus, Nikon, Mamiya, Fuji and Canon, this is the only lens I've ever owned with no negative aspects of any kind. A must have. I think I gush for this item because at around 900USD, it's an astounding value as well.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Jul 7, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $389.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Excellent build, sharp images, fast focus
Wicked CA wide open, lack of close focusing ability is a real drawback

This is one of Canon's best lens values. A joy to use except for noticeable CA at f1.8 and an always surprising minimum focus spec.

Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM

Review Date: Jun 19, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,179.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: It's difficult to image better overall image quality for this price.
Feels a bit cheap. Stiff zoom ring and strong cat urine smell out of the box. Wicked flare issue, particularly with indoor spot lights of any size.

My copy arrived with a very stiff zoom ring and powerful odor. After several days of airing out and exercising the zoom ring, it was ready for action. The image quality is exactly was I was hoping for, with the exception of nasty flair spots when shooting around indoor spot lights (stages, DJ set-up, etc). I also had flair issues with the Nikkor 17-55's I've used in the past.

On the positive side, it's very sharp and focuses very quickly. The f2.8 and IS have obvious advantages. Do not regret the purchase.