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

Review Date: May 3, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,199.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very sharp, focuses quickly, great IS
Can only remove the foot of the tripod mount, not the complete mount. Lens hood's filter door needs a bit more tension to hold it in place where you want it

Got into the pre buy queue late so I had to wait for this lens. Waited a while but B&H got it to me as soon as they could and they were really great.

At first I thought I might have gotten a poor copy but I was wrong. After correcting my crappy technique and learning how to use the lens I am VERY impressed with it's image quality. I held out for this new version because I am not a fan of push/pull zoom lenses.

One thing I really like on this lens is the sloping shoulder on the focusing ring. I can catch it perfectly with my ring & pinkie finger and make focus adjustments when needed. The lens is very well made, it's a bit heavy but balances beautifully on my camera bodies.

I find that the lens hood's filter door likes to come open a bit on it's own. Wish there was a tad more friction to keep it's position where I place it rather than where it decides to be.

I am very pleased with this lens, it delivers the images after my learning curve with it. I am very happy with and glad that I purchased this lens.

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM

Review Date: Dec 9, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $149.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very small, fairly quick focus, sharp, low cost, nice build quality
Quite a bit of vignetting @ F2.8 (but I knew this prior to buying) Cost of the lens hood which is 1/7th. of the cost of the lens if you buy the one with Canon's name on it.

I found this lens to be quite sharp. As I have read in other places before I bought the lens it does have quite a bit of vignetting @ F2.8. I really noticed this taking photos of snow but it becomes quite even @ F4.0, just like the reviews said. The lens is fairly fast focusing. It's close focus is quite nice. The colors and contrast are good. I really like the small unobtrusive size.

I bought this lens to go with the EF 40mm. F2.8 lens. I hope that Canon makes a wide angle (15mm.) and short to medium telephoto (85mm.) lens based on these small size designs. I would certainly buy more small lenses like this to have as a nice set of inexpensive prime lenses that would be very easy to keep with me.

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake

Review Date: Jul 8, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $199.99 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Tiny lens, very sharp and nice contrast. Like the "sleep mode" now that I understand it. Metal lens mount.
Manual focus is a PITA! $25.00+ for a lens hood!

I have had a grand time using this lens, it's not much bigger than when I get my spare Canon teleconverter cap on my 40D by mistake. Focus is quick and locks on nicely.
I focus with the center spot on the 40D and then recompose. The colors and contrast are lovely, I'm not a pixel peeper and it's it's helping build my EF lens collection to jump to a full frame body. So far I really like this lens.