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Old Jul 7, 2005, 8:13 AM   #1
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After much agonizing, I decided on the Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 for my month-old 20D.

I have the kit lens, which is decent.

I have an EF 50mm 1.8 from an EOS 630

I have a EF 35-135 from the same 630.

My decision came down to this:

Between the kit lens and the 35-135, I have this range covered, so 70-200 seemed like a good range, particularly with the 1.6x factor of the 20D.

The downsides to the lens are:
1) Weight/size
2) It attracts attention
3) Expensive. About $250 more than I wanted to spend.

But the upsides are:
1) One of canon's best lens
2) f2.8, meaning I can handhold this lens in many places
3) Canon has a bit of a rebate until the 15th ($40)
4) Looking on ebay, this lens does not lose value very quickly, so if I use it for a year or two and decide I don't like it, I can recover a chunk of my cost.
5) Comes with a removable tripod mount

I also considered the EF 70-200 f4.0 - same goodness, much lighter and cheaper, but doesn't include tripod mount, and its f4.0. But I slept on it for a few days and decided on the 2.8.

Although B&H had a really good price, www.buydig.com had the best price $1089 with no shipping. I'd done business last year with buydig, so they seemed legit, and according to FedEx, it has been shipped, so they are not one of the dreaded NYC rip-off places (they're actually in Edison NJ).

I've been lurking in a few discussions and that's helped my decision. Thanks to all of you for your advice.

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Old Jul 7, 2005, 10:51 AM   #2
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That is a very good lens indeedy :-)

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Old Jul 7, 2005, 10:55 AM   #3
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nice lens! enjoy your purchase! and welcome to the boards..
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Old Jul 7, 2005, 1:33 PM   #4
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After a short while of shooting you wont notice or care about any attraction this lens causes.

You have just decided on the best lens on the market. Look after it.

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