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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Jul 13, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent lens, good for low light.
Cons:
On the heavy side, but when travelling I take my EF 85 f1.8 instead.

I looked at all of Canon's 70-200 L lenses. I liked the 70-200 f2.8 L IS the best. I sometimes use the 1.4X extender with it.

 
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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Review Date: Sep 7, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,200.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: "L" glass, long zoom range, high quality, takes Canon extenders 1.4X and 2X. Push-pull zoom. (I don't mind this.)
Cons:
Light colour draws attention. Large size at 400mm. Would like a built-in sliding lens hood.

I exchanged a 70-300 DO IS zoom for this one. Although the 70-300 DO is a good lens, I feel that for $400.00 more Canadian dollars I have better value and quality with the 100-400 L IS. I use a Canon 10D and Elan 7e.

 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

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Review Date: Aug 13, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,900.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Rear lens element does not move when zooming or focusing, acts like a seal to keep dust away from camera's sensor. Much lighter and smaller than my favourite 100-400L IS. Black colour, 58mm filter size. Comes with lens hood and soft case. Works quite well with Canon 500D close up lens.
Cons:
It seems to me that the price could be lower. If you're first in line, you usually pay more! Unable to use Canon extenders with it.

This is an excellent walk-around and travel lens. Carry it with you all day. You will get more photos with this one! Much more discreet (stealthy?) than a white L lens. As for sharpness issues, to me it looks the same at f 8 as a 70-200L IS, in the centre. I use a Canon 10D. In a digital workflow, USM is used for any lens, L included.