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Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Dec 17, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Like other say have said, image quality, sharpness, colors and build quality.
None that I can think of.

I bought this lens over three years ago and was my first lens I bought when I order my Canon D-30. I started with "L" lens and I guess I missed out using third party lens and lesser grade lens. I had the money, I wanted the best and at that time it was. Why I wanted the best was driven home to me with a incident that happen in Sept 2003. I was Florence Italy, second day on my third week vacation in Italy. I was changing lens in a church and very careless of me, I dropped my 28-70mm lens. I managed to break the fall by having it hit my leg. Still the lens hit the church's stone floor hard, that my heart sank and everyone in the church looked at me. Must have saw the pain in my face when I was thinking I just lost a len, an expensive one and this is not the right time to have this happen. I scoop up the damage lens and went chasing the len's cap that roll 100 feet away from me. Went outside, sat down a looked over the damage. The only damage was the lens lip where the len's cap and filter go on. I could not screw on anymore filters, but everything looked ok with the len. Took some photos, they looked fine. Zoom the photos saw no damage, none!. It perform with no problems and I was a happy camper again. That is "L" build quality in action, the lens still work after I managed to damage it. I doubt very much a non "L" lens could have survive a fall like that.

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Dec 9, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $850.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: It is black, light, sharp and fast!

This lens has become my favorite lens for capturing candid photos of people. My 70-200mm 2.8L IS was. But it is heavy, long, white and attracts to much attention. With 1.4x extender I have 188mm 2.8L lens and this combination permits me to take photos without attracting attention and the quality of the photos taken are on the same level as my 70-200mm 2.8L. I wonder if I got this lens first would have bought a 70-200mm 2.8L IS, maybe not.