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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Jun 21, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: optically and mechanically about as good as it gets, better than many primes.
Cons:
The only draw backs are high price and its a little softness at is closest focusing distance.

This zoom produces the sharpest and most beautiful images of any of the 6 lenses that I own or have used (includes a several primes). Optically, the only weakness I have found is right at the minimum focus distance, where it is not as sharp as farther away. So this Canon does not make a great macro substitute. The lens is solidly constructed out of polycarbonate and metal with full weather sealing. It has the latest 4-stop IS, very fast USM focus and even a useful focus limiter. When combined with a 1.4x converter there is only a tiny drop in image quality and the focus slows a bit, but the 100-280mm lens is still better than most other options out there (like the Canon 70-300 IS). Despite all the positives I only use this lens once in a while as it falls into a less utilized set of focal lengths. The 70-200mm range is too short for most of the wildlife I do, but is often a bit long for typical landscape images. Other photographers I know who do not specialize in nature photography use this lens more than any other so YMMV. When I do use this lens though it never disappoints.

See my much longer analysis along with some accompanying images over at my website:

http://www.sheridanphoto.com/?page_id=1535

Jay


 
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: May 10, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: sharp & contrasty, fairly fast & reliable focus, Ok IS, close focus, solid build, great for macro, compact and light for what it is.
Cons:
Old IS only good for 2 stops, not super crisp when focused near infinity

This is my favorite and most used lens that I own. With a 1.6x crop body it makes an excellent wildlife lens, similar to a 500mm f4. It handles like a dream, is built like a tank & has all the feature boxes ticked (IS, focus limiter, sliding hood, USM). There is one problem ITS OLD, because it was engineered 17 years ago it has only 2 stop IS & optically could improve (very good on it's own & decent with 1.4x).

See my much longer review on my website: http://www.sheridanphoto.com/?page_id=1531

Jay

My adventures in nature photography are found at: www.sheridanphoto.com