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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jul 10, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,135.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness, contrast, color, build

I had been waiting for several months to buy the Tamron 28-75. However, the online retailers I typically use had been out of stock for some time. I decided to buy the Canon 24-70 instead. I am glad I did. This lens is great on my 1D2. It gives shots that are worthy of the L class. It is clearly a keeper and will probably become my all around lens. I like the build and weight.

Before buying the Canon 24-70, I monitored several forums for sample shots with the Tamron 28-75. I noticed more problems than not. In particular, it was soft wide open. On the other hand, my copy of the Canon is sharp wide open right out of the box. No one wants to go through several copies of a lens or return a new lens to the manufacturer for recalibration. I my case Canon has lived up to its reputation of excellent L lenses.

Sigma 20mm f/1.8 EX DG Aspherical RF

Review Date: Mar 13, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $360.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp, compact, well built, excellent service
Odd AF/MF configuration, however, I have been able to adapt

I now have an excellent copy. It is very slightly soft at 1.8. By 2.0~2.22, it is sharp. My first copy was extremely soft. The second copy was much better and similar to other reviewer's performance. It was soft from 1.8~2.8 but cleaned up nicely afterwards. However, I was not satisfied with an average copy. So, I sent the second copy to Sigma for calibration. Surprisingly, they replaced it instead of repairing it. This copy performs as a prime should, it is fast, clear and sharp. It is a definite keeper. My only reservations with this lens is that it took several copies to get a good one.