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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Sep 21, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,100.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness, AF speed, amazing colors/contrast as most L's. Not as heavy to handhold.
Cons:
Hood is not up to this lens level, connecting is pain everytime.

I looked on this lens for more than year, debating size and price. As result prise rose about $300 Smile. So I decided no more waiting!
Previously I own 300/F4 IS (didinít impressed me much) and also now still have 400/5.6 primes. But this lens man.... Smile It is stunning!!! It is easy for me to handheld however I got new Gitzo tripod and Arca-Swiss head for it as well. I am using lens on 1D mk III and this is unbeatable combination for sports or wild life. Excellent with extenders (1.4 or 2), weather sealed!!!


 
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

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Review Date: Apr 30, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,099.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Relatively light and not as big. Fastest AF among any other EOS I own/tried. Color/Contrast/Sharpness very good as well.
Cons:
Bit slow aperture, I would prefer F4 instead (no IS!!!). Useless with 1.4tc since dramatic loss in IQ.

Got this lens for mine 40D/birding and air shows needs. AF not working with 1.4tc on 40D, even with taped pins. Same works on 5D fine, I guess simply 40D issue with AF.
Amazing AF speed, very good for birds in flight. Bit sticky hood but this is minor to me. I like old desigh for tripod colar and overal lens not as heavy and long.
First shots amazed me much more than my 300/F4L IS with 1.4tc.


 
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Feb 29, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,150.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Light, build in hood, IS, F4. Perfect range 300mm to do a lot of different type of shots.
Cons:
Not as fast AF with 1.4tc, also with TC IQ not sa good.

I got this lens after I sold expensive and unused much 70-200mm F2.8L IS. Also since I went primes only route.
It is surprisingly good to excellent lens, and my first air show with it produced lot of keepers. Perfect for far away objects macro! Found IQ inconsistent with 1.4tc, haunting and much slower AF. In general as any Canon L primes having superb build and I like hood very much.

Samples:

http://www.pbase.com/breitling65/image/86534595
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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Jul 22, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,599.99 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Excellent zoom lens, fast and good build.
Cons:
Expensive, heavy, not as sharp with F2.8. After using L primes become useless since not up to the level.

I used this lens for 18 month and sold, not because something was wrong. Main reason - I prefer primes and quality I am getting from primes. Even superb zoom as this lens can't beat prime.
Still good lens in my opinion, extremely popular among professionals.


 
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Jul 22, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $639.99 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Wide and fast for wide shots, quick AF, excelent weathersieled build. Good fro travel.
Cons:
Not up to wide primes level at all, even my 15mm fisheye is way better lens. Softer at 35mm end, was nto happy with corners sharpness.

I good this lens almost free with 5D double rebate in 2006, after 7 month replaced with primes. Averall good lens for travel, light and well build. Weather sealed!!!.
However since I was looking for better results and faster apertures, better colors and sharpness I got 15mm fisheye, 24L & 35L instead. Each of this primes are amazingly superb and superior to 17-40L, which is still good entry level L zoom.


 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM

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Review Date: Mar 21, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Been surprised with AF speed, previous reviews scared me lot about, it seems fine to me. Lens producing exceptional sharpness and colors/contrast. I like the way it performs MF even while AF mode.
Cons:
Heavy & thick, why Canon makes huge lenses like this? Why Leica & Zeiss could make much smaller for same apertures? Don't like much that lens expends while focusing. Cost a lot, should cost less.

This is my 3-rd L prime complementing previously purchased 35L & 135L. All 3 are just superb lenses; however I am still like 135L the best. 85L as well as other L primes need full frame sensor and works superb on mine 5D. Same story with other two L primes.
Lens surprisingly good in AF, which has been kind of stopper was preventing me to get this lens before. But I think it is fine for mine needs.
85L most expensive lens among I have and need personal care, however I am not planning to use filter for protection since donít like loosing picture quality because of this.
Highly recommending this lens!!!


 

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