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Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Oct 6, 2011 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated


Correction: It's price is definitely a con.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Oct 5, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, Great color rendition, perfect zoom range for a full frame, and expensive.
Heavy and bulky (but, the sharpness of this lens is like a prime. So, it's just like carrying around 3-4 primes in one lens.)

I've had this lens for around 5 years now. It has been my workhorse lens for events including weddings. I really enjoy shooting with this lens cause it has an extremely high keeper rate. I used to have both the 24-105L and this lens. My idea back then was that I'd use this lens for work and the 24-105L for traveling. As it turned out my 24-105L just stayed in the dry box most of the time and I would take the 24-70L even on trips, in spite of the weight and zoom range difference. I just was not happy with the output that the 24-105L gave me. Come the day in the distant future that this lens gives up on me, i will definitely buy exactly the same lens.

If you are an event/wedding photographer and you are choosing a standard zoom this lens is THE standard of standard lenses.

As many reviews previous to this one have said, it is obnoxiously heavy and big. But, for me, that's the price you have to pay for having 4 primes stuffed into one lens.

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

Review Date: Nov 27, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: A good walkaround lens. IS works really well.
f4 is tad bit too slow for some of my needs.

I was choosing between this lens and the 24-70 f2.8 (the "brick"). I chose this one for its extra reach and the IS. If the 24-70 had IS i would have gone that way. the EFS 18-55 f2.8 IS was also very attractive, what stopped me was the fact that it was an EFS. (I'm hoping to go full frame in the near future.) And also all the reviews I've read about it being a dust-sucker.

I'm not a pro, but I enjoy shooting events and weddings for friends. Most weddings take place indoors, and I really feel the limitation of f4. Often wish that I had gotten the f2.8, as I like to shoot in available light as much as I can. On second thought, available light shooting is still best done with a large apreture-d prime. So, a good two camera set up would be this lens on one body with a flash and a bright prime lens on the other body. Which is what I do. That brings my "brick"-envy to close to zero.

Don't get me wrong though, this lens is a beaut! Especially for outdoor photography in daylight. I've taken it on long drives to the countryside and the output I get is nothing less than spectacular. My walkaround used to be the 17-85 IS. I was satisfied with that lens for a long time, until I started using this one. Now my 17-85 IS hardly sees the light of day.

Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG MACRO

Review Date: Nov 26, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Hyper sharp, beautiful color and bokeh, the focus limiter is very helpful.
the AF when on full vibrates. There's a need to shift to MF to be able to make minor adjustments in focus. The barrel extends.

I love this lens because it works very well for the purpose I bought it for; and that is macro photography, mostly nature shots and wedding detail shots. It's marvelously sharp. The color is great. And the bokeh is nice and creamy.

On the downside, it's AF is really slow as it's not an HSM. Further, it's AF vibrates when it focuses from the longest end all the way to it's shortest extension. I notice that this usaully happens when I switch from shooting macro shots to normal range. But if I put the focus limiter on, the problem no longer arises. This problem doesn't really bother me as I use this lens 98% of the time for macro and in this mode I use MF most of the time.

In spite of the minor issue, I totally enjoy using this lens. It's output never ceases to stun, both myself and my friends.

I'm a Canon shooter and up until this lens, have purchased and used only Canon lenses. Although I have my reservations about this lens, it has definitely opened my mind to the fact that Canon does not have a monopoly on good glass.