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Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Aug 21, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $394.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Pretty sharp between f/8.0 and f/11. IS works very well, enabling shots otherwise impossible.
Soft at wider apertures (5.6, 4.0, etc). A little too slow, but you get what you pay for.

I have taken 20% great sharp shots with this lens, 50% blah shots and 30% so-so shots. I like it, but I don't like the zoom action, it makes a plasticky friction sound and it creeps out by itself easily. At f/8.0, I have gotten shots that almost match my 500mm f/1.8 or 70-200 f/4.0 L !! I dropped it recently, three feet on a tiled floor. Not a mark on it, IS still perfect and it still focuses as new. Impressive. For a walkaround lens, this is great, just remember to stop down to f/8.0 - f/14 and you'll be happy.


Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Aug 21, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $580.00 | Rating: 10 

No tripod collar, but that's why it's cheap.

This lens stunned me over the past few days. After hearing about its so-called "backfocusing" issues, I was worried it might be "backfocusing" but I'm happy to say that when I focus on something, that something is always razor sharp on the photo. So I guess I have nothing to worry about. Either it's a "good copy" or I learned quickly how to use my system successfully. Being used to my 28-135mm IS, it took a while to get used to having no IS, but I guess that's good experience. It's a really light lens, almost as light as my 28-135mm IS. Too bad it doesn't include a tripod collar but considering the price compared to the f/2.8, it makes sense that the tripod collar is separate. Buy one, you won't regret it!