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

Review Date: May 14, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,600.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Sharpness, Bokeh, AF performance
Unreliable, Short Warranty

When it's working this lens is the best zoom I've used.

Unfortunately, it is very unreliable. It regularly locks up the camera with several different errors. This has happened in front of clients. It's sometimes necessary to remove the battery from the camera to clear the problem. This occurs on both my 1DMarkII and 10D and only when this lens is attached. A quick search of the forums at Rob Galbraith's sites reveals that MANY people are having similar problems.

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It has been to Canon service twice and is now out of warranty. I never use it for important 'only one chance' shots.

It seems the non-IS version does not suffer from the same problems. I would strongly recommend against purchasing any Canon lens equipped with IS.

Bob Bennett
Gypsy Moon Photography

Canon EOS 1D Mark II

Review Date: Nov 18, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: See Message Body
Startup delay should be 0. Bundled software is awful.

I've shot almost 20,000 frames with it and figure I'm qualified to chime in.

Cons: Just a few.

1) There should be no startup delay on a $4,500 camera.
2) The included software is not good at all for processing large numbers of images. Also, cameras at this level should come with quality software for shooting tethered.
3) Should display ISO in viewfinder as it changes. I get tired of counting to 3 for each stop.
4) Ruins you for prosumer cameras.

Pros: Almost too many to list.

1) AF speed and accuracy. My number of keepers quadrupled on the first outing. The 45 point system works very well in servo mode.
2) Over 8fps. With a Sandisk Ultra II SD you can fly. No more full buffers.
3) Extremely configurable.
4) Very solid. Feels substantial.
5) Weather sealing.
6) Dual card slots; instant backup.
7) ISO 50. Wow! You lose some DR but just bracket and blend.
8) 200,000 cycle shutter life.
9) CMOS image quality. You can jack up the ISO.
10) Unlike other photogs, I like the two finger controls. With experience I can do it fast and have never changed a parameter by accident.
11) Very long battery life. I regularly shoot over 2k frames per charge.
12) Can record a voice message with an image.

Think before you buy. The 20D has comparable image quality and you can get some pretty sweet glass for the price difference. Just donít get it wet.