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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Nov 10, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great IQ, fast USM focusing, great contrast, f/2.8 is very usable
Cons:
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There is nothing to dislike about this lens. Focus is fast and images are razor sharp. The bokeh is creamy and the IQ is amazing!

 
Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF]

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Review Date: Nov 10, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $410.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp, lightweight, consistent f/2.8, great focal length for a crop body (27-80mm equivalent), great IQ for the price.
Cons:
IQ (understandably) does not quite compare with the Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS which is nearly three times the price.

This is the lens I grab when I don't feel like lugging my heavy L-glass around. I am willing to sacrifice the slight IQ for the convenience of this light, fast zoom. 17-50mm is perfect on a crop body to walk around with.

 
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

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Review Date: Nov 10, 2009 Recommend? no | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Lightweight, great focal range for a walk-around lens, fast focusing
Cons:
Lack of sharpness, drab photos, slow maximum aperture

Did not like the softness of this lens on the wide end, and also when aperture was wide open. Stopped down was bearable. IQ was unacceptable for me. I sold mine and got the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 instead and have been MUCH happier - so much so, that I do not miss the lack of IS on my Tamron.