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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

Review Date: Jul 30, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp across the aperature range, quick AF, very compact

Bought a used MK1 version of this lens. I couldn't be happier with the quality of this lens. I've never experienced flare even with the short hood. This lens produces buttery smooth bokeh wide open with thremendous sharpness. I use this lens wide open the majority of the time unless I'm trying to get more DOF.

Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Jul 30, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,139.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great image quality, relatively compact, IS, well balanced, great minimum focusing distance.
AF could be quicker.

Ended up buying this instead of the 100-400 because I prefer primes. Not to mention the fact that it's a couple hundred bucks cheaper. It's a great lens. Has excellent bokeh and an awesome minimum focusing distance. The IS works as advertised even though it does have a clunck when it engages. The only thing that could be better is the AF speed. It's noticably slower than my 200 2.8.