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Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Apr 14, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: My copy is SUPER SHARP wide open. Only gets slightly better at small apertures. Great build, color is better than my 24-70L (sharper as well), contrast, and USM is fast as expected.
Cons:
Price?

I am a wedding photographer so I was in need for a wide fast zoom lense. I had the 17-35 f2.8 first but the CA and softness was extremely bad so I sold it and bought the 17-40L. This lense was great for landscapes but had trouble focusing in low light. I finally went of the 16-35L. The 1mm difference is actually pretty big. This lense is wider but most important of all, its fast. The center sharpness is super sharp wide open which is great for my wedding style of shooting. I am using 20D's so the camera totally takes advantage of the f2.8 aperture. Now my low light images are spot on focus whether it be ambient or flash photography.

If you need the extra 1mm and the f2.8 aperture, there is no other option. This lense is also superb on my Elan 7. I still shoot film and this lense gives me the best WA available. Go get it!!!


 
Burton Snowboards Zoom Pack

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Review Date: Apr 8, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $80.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Durable, water-resistant, "slim" design which is perfect of skiing and hiking, looks cool, Burton, plenty of room for daily gear
Cons:
none

This is my favorite backpack by far. I use to have a Lowepro mini trekker then the computer trekker, then the Tamrac Expedition 7, and now this Burton. I love it because the loading is from the rear. This means access is only allowed when I need the camera and not to pick pocketers in bad neighborhoods. I also love the slim design. It fits my body better when skiing cuz the bag does not get in the way. There is more than enough space for my 20D, 24-70, 16-35, 70-200IS and 580 flash. I also pockets for all the little things like batteries, card reader, sync-cords, memory, and other stuff. I do not use this bag as storage for all my photo gear, i have a Pelican 1510 for that. I use this bag for events and daily trips. Perfect bag to haul around your gear.

 
Canon EF 17-35mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Nov 15, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $750.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp (atleast my copy is). Very very usable wide open. Contrast, "L-quality" color and saturation, great range and size. Perfect for 1.6 crop DSLR's
Cons:
Minimun focus distance.

This lense has exceeded my expectations. I bought this lense used from these forums but then quickly read the following reviews and quickly became very sad due to the bad reviews. The majority of these reviews rate this lense as sub par, but I think this lense is amazing. It is perfect for my application which is sports and wedding photography. Both these applications need the f2.8 for both available light and greater DOF. This lense does both marvelously.

Wide open this lense captures subjects very sharp and gives great bokeh. Those who may have rated this lense as poor probably used it on film bodies and for landscapes. But my uses are different; close subjects, DSLRs, and thin DOF

This is a great option for the photographer looking for a wide f2.8 but not looking to spend $1500. Fits nicely between the 17-40L and 16-35L. I definitely would recommend this lense