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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Aug 9, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,900.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Image quality, IS, versatile settings, ease of use with the Canon 1Ds.
weight and size (especially with the lens hood in place) Big hard case, while nice, yells "steal me".

I have used this lens hand held only all day at the EAA flyin with and without a 1.4x with ease and I am not that big or strong. A tripod or monopod is too unhandy with airplanes doing low fast passes.

With the lens hood on it is a large package to maneuver however it is not ungainly when attached to my 1Ds. Regardless of size and weight the results are worth it.

Statement without comment - An interesting (and totally unexpected) thing was that several young ladies at the EAA flyin noted how large the lens was and wanted to feel it.

Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM

Review Date: Aug 9, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: 28-300 zoom range in an L lens with attendant quality and build, good quality photographs, IS is an excellent addition
large and heavy although you get used to it, cost

This is the best all in one lens available. I take a lot of airplane photos and it involves moving from wide angle to telephoto settings and all inbetween with little or no hesitation. With the Canon 1D or 1Ds the lens works fine and the push pull is a plus in this use I believe. It feels very natural.

Often I will put the 28-300 on the 1D and a 300 2.8 L with 1.4 telextender on the 1Ds. Between the two I have most everything covered.

Of course primes would be preferable but most things of interest don't hold still for lens changing. Of course in a dirt rich environment that a flight line is not having to change the lens is a plus.