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Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS

Review Date: Jul 15, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: IS, Lightweight, Sharp, Color rendition
Hood is expensive and hard to find

This has become my standard lens on a 5DMKIII. Fast glass that won't break the bank and combined with the ISO capability of the MKIII it makes a killer combination.
Sure the Bokeh could be better but then again you could spend $1,000 more and still be saying the same thing.
A piece of glass that's just a pure joy to use.

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Mar 26, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $700.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Excellent range, IS, BQ

I purchased this as a kit lens with the 5D3. I had every intention of selling this lens and buying the 24-70MKII. However after testing this lens I can't imagine parting with it. The FL combined with IS makes this a nice walk around lens. The ISO on the 5D3 is so good that combined with the IS on this lens it even functions VERY well even in a museum with out flash. There is some distortion @24mm but it cleans up quite well with a click of the Mouse in LR. If you buy a kit intending to sell this lens be sure to try it out first!

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

Review Date: Aug 3, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Image quality IS Fast AF
Price! Price! Price! Lens hood not included

I've been using the 17-55 for over four years now. It remains one of my favorite pieces of glass. It's fast, light and the IQ is excellent. Contrary to many reports I have not had any issues with dust. I do keep a B+W UV filter on this lens most of the time. The price is obscene but it is vastly better wide open than many of the third party options (IMO). It's hard to over look the value of IS and USM at any focal length. What I really like about this lens is that it allows me to get great indoor shots while traveling in areas that may not allow flash photography with out cranking up the ISO as many variable aperture lenses would require. The USM is silent (unlike the Tammy) and IQ is fantastic wide open. The only down side is the price.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Aug 3, 2011 Recommend? | Price paid: $1,100.00

Pros: IQ, BQ, Blistering fast AF

I was so undecided between the F4 IS and the f2.8 IS (MKI) that I bought both to compare side by side. For me the F4 IS was the clear winner. All images I tested were just as sharp if not sharper than the f2.8 IS. The lens is light and the AF is blistering fast. The f4 IS displays no visible CA even at 100% crop.
This lens is always in my tavel kit. A joy to use and it never lets me down.

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

Review Date: Aug 3, 2011 Recommend? | Price paid: $1,600.00

Pros: BQ, case and collar included
CA, weight

I was so undecided between this lens and the F4 IS that I ordered both. The lens is heavier than the specs. My copy with collar and hood tipped the scales at 3# 11 OZ. Nearly a half pound heavier than the specs. Most dissapointing to me was the CA especially at 70mm. IS is a bit of a let down in a side by side comparison with the newer generation F4 IS. The IS on the F4 closes the gap to some degree between the two. I would still recommend this lens but if you have visions of better BQ or IQ simply because the price is higher you may be dissapointed. If you need a fast zoom I'm sure this one will be just the ticket.