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Old Jan 25, 2004, 1:06 AM   #1
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Default Testing out some L glass

I had the opportunity to fire some test shots with a few of Canon's L lenses this weekend. I tested the 16-35 f/2.8, the 70-200 f/4, f/2.8, and the f/2.8 IS

One word for all of the lenses

WOW

The IS is amazing. I took a shot inside the mall, handheld at 1/10 of a second and the image came out incredibly stable. Image quality of all 4 lenses was great, they focused quickly and quietly. Now all I have to do is figure out how to get one into my bag soon :?
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Old Mar 1, 2004, 10:00 PM   #2
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Once you go L you will sell your liver for another one---Seriously, I shot with the standard Canon lenses for a couple of years, then I got the 16-35mm (which isn't considered the best L zoom) but I was hooked. Optics are so important and I can see a huge difference in the quality of my photos.
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17-40 f4L and 70-200 f4L. Best two lens outfit I've ever owned, whether used with my Digital Rebel or EOS 3 film body.
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I have purchased the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS since the original post. Wonderful lens!
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Old Mar 5, 2004, 6:23 PM   #5
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O'Henry, congrats on buying what in my mind is the finest zoom lens that Canon makes--just a remarkable piece of technology. I shot a theatrical performance last night, hand held, wide open with my shutter speed at 250. The shots were amazing. Enjoy.
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Old Mar 6, 2004, 1:32 AM   #6
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I agree with the posters. The 17-40L is a wonderful lens, I take most my pictures with it on my 10D. The 70-200L IS is another marvel. IS surely is addictive! Constant aperture over the whole zoom range is also very nice.

The bad news, all this goodness spoils you and is bad for the wallet :-)

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Old Mar 6, 2004, 4:40 PM   #7
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By the way, I just purchased what I hope to be my last lens, the 17-40mm from Buydig. The price is so far better then anyone out there and I have done lots of business with them without incident. Can you spell 679!
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Old Mar 7, 2004, 1:50 AM   #8
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Rextilleon, you're going to love that lens! Just so you know, the lens needs a 77 mm front filter attached to be completely sealed. I put a good quality UV filter on it for normal shots, and often a circular polarizer for outdoor landscape shots and the like.

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Old Mar 7, 2004, 10:38 PM   #9
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Thanks barthold---I will report back as soon as I have had a chance to play with it-----I think that my lens buying is over for the forseable future---I shoot lots of theater and portraits and now I have the 17-40, 24-70, and the 70-200 in the L series. Now if Canon would only come out with a great wide angle prime.
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Hiyas Rex,

The 24-70L and 300 F4L IS are on my list of lenses to get. I'm agonizing over the 24-70L (I have the 28-135 now). I'm wondering if I would use it much, given I use the 17-40L a lot and given that it's range is 'only' up to 70. What's your experience using the 24-70? I'm almost tempted to buy a 28-70 just to have a bit less overlap with the 17-40 to force me to use it more :-)

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