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Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Jun 4, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $6,100.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: IQ is absolutely stunning. It's fast as a lens can be.
The weight is a small problem in the field problem. Did I say anything new?

It's become my reliable friend photographing wildlife. The visible details and colors are always outstanding. Almost no post-processing is needed after adding my standard values to the RAW-files. Only some sharpening in PS of course.

Most people say something different but I hate to use the 1.4 converter on it. IQ isn't the problem. The problem is that I get the same IQ as without from F7.1 and stop down more. In the Netherlands we don't have enough sunshine the whole year round to make the converter useful. I stop using it.

The lens is very easy to use handhold. For birds in flight that's ideal.

If you're interested in some results, you can find them over here: All of the birds (most kingfishers) were photographed with this lens. I just love it!

Kind regards,