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Jun 15, 2009 22:17 |  #106

I'd say the most defining lens for the EOS line up is the 70-200mm f4.0 and f4.0 IS.
One of the best lenses on the market, a useful range with great glass; and oldy some what unique to Canon.


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Jun 15, 2009 22:34 |  #107

I'd say the 100-400 L IS. I think it's the best lens in its class among the major DSLR makers. :)


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Jun 15, 2009 22:56 |  #108

i think its 85L...

70-200 VR is superior than 70-200 f/2.8 IS


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Jun 15, 2009 23:52 |  #109

Wow... There are so many opinions. From the perspective of a end-user (not the professional sports or wedding shooters), I'll say it's the f/4L lineup for a FF.

Nikon makes great zooms, but expensive one as well since they are at f/2.8. Not for the faint of heart. People like don't need f/2.8 everytime - that's where 17-40 f/4L is brillant for its price. Friends around me are so happy with their 24-105L because it's so versatile and light compared to my brick. 70-200 f/4L makes great travel lens for extra reach.

Everytime someone ask me for opinions between Nikon, Canon, Sony or Olympus. I say Canon provides great options in their lens lineup... So that's what great about the EOS system right?


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Jun 16, 2009 03:00 |  #110

I have a 300 f/2.8 IS and it's unbelieveable. Nothing compares to it.


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Jun 16, 2009 05:37 as a reply to  @ Erik Anderson's post |  #111

The 300 2.8 is the best lens I have ever owned however, for me, its use is extremely limited. The 70-200 mm 2.8 is also a superb lens however I cannot easily hold it without shaking the lens. The 85 mm 1.2 is fabulous in many ways and is a joy to use.




  
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Jun 16, 2009 06:05 |  #112

engrmariano wrote in post #8117229 (external link)
70-200 VR is superior than 70-200 f/2.8 IS

Not according to tests I've seen.


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Jun 16, 2009 07:35 |  #113

Gotta go with the 70-200 2.8L IS. I'd say it's the best lens out there and defines Canon to a tee. Image quality, build quality, verstility, it's unique appearance... It's got it all.


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Jun 16, 2009 10:19 as a reply to  @ MotoXPunk481's post |  #114

Personally, it is either the range of tilt and shift lenses or the 2 x f1.2 units.

The new 17mm TS is just a truly wonderful bit of kit. Exemplar sharpness and so little distortion that no post-correction is needed. This is a true example of the quality of lenses Canon can make when they set their mind to it.


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Jun 16, 2009 10:29 as a reply to  @ bunyarra's post |  #115

to me it's got to be something Nikon doesn't have (ruling out the 70-200 2.8 IS)...

so any of the f/4 zooms (17-40, 24-105), the 100-400, any of the fast primes they don't have (24L, 50L and 85L) and then the 17mm TS-E.


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Jun 16, 2009 10:35 |  #116

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to me it's got to be something Nikon doesn't have (ruling out the 70-200 2.8 IS)...

I agree. The 17 TS-E is very unique, or lenses like the 50 f/1.2, 85 f/1.2 that are unique to the EOS system.


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Jun 16, 2009 11:01 |  #117

Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS USM


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Jun 16, 2009 11:07 |  #118

isnt the 50mm f/1.4 Canon's goto lens when posting an advert? ;)

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Jun 16, 2009 11:30 as a reply to  @ -MasterChief-'s post |  #119

I'd say that the lens that defines the EOS system is any L series White lens, mostly the 300 2.8 and 400 2.8. Whenever I'm watching a sporting event, I look for those beautiful whites!


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Jun 16, 2009 12:03 as a reply to  @ post 7575690 |  #120

I agree with Ed Rader AGAIN!

While the 300mm f/2.8L IS is certainly a standout lens. You see this wonderful white glass being used at every professional sports venue. Seeing those white beasts, you know; THAT"S A CANON LENS OUT THERE!

However, I personally think that two lenses, one an "L" and the other not, define the EOS system because there are many more photographers benefiting from these two lenses than from the wonderful 300mm f/2.8L IS lens. Additionally, no other manufacturer has a lens which corresponds to either of these great lenses.

My TWO NOMINEES ARE:

70-200mm f/4L IS - This is my "L" candidate. The 70-200mm f/4L IS lens has phenomenal IQ and AF capability and, although it is not cheap, you really don't have to hock the homestead to buy it. It is relatively light and compact and makes a wonderful general purpose tele-zoom and accepts a 1.4x TC very well. Being an EF lens, it can be used on all Canon digital cameras from the older D30 through the most modern 5D MKII. This lens seems indestructible. I fell down with the 70-200mm lens (wearing a round screw-in lens shade which I normally use in lieu of the OEM shade - see image) hitting the concrete propelled by my 200 pound body. The lens shade was toast (six bucks down the drain instead of a thousand dollar lens) but, the lens was not hurt.

17-55mm f/2.8 IS - The 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lens really has no counterpart in either Canon's full-frame lens inventory or in the lens selections of other manufacturers. It is a superb lens that produces great IQ and has super AF. What makes this lens special is that it provides a constant f/2.8 aperture from 17mm (27.2mm equivalent) to 55mm (88mm equivalent) and provides outstanding IS assistance throughout that range. This makes it a fine low light option. It is not an "L" lens and is an EFs glass but, for 1.6x cameras it cannot be beaten and there is no full frame lens or other manufacturer's lens that is its equivalent.

BTW: I use these two lenses in combination on two cameras (30D and 40D - Sure, I'd rather have a pair of 40D cameras, but, the 30D does a fine job and the 40D really takes advantage of the f/2.8 aperture of the 17-55mm lens) and I absolutely adore that lens combination. I have a 27.2 to 320 equivalent focal length at my finger tips. I don't miss the 55-70mm gap. I have IS throughout the focal length and a constant f/2.8 aperture in my mid range zoom.


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