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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

Review Date: Aug 17, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, Fast AF, Silent, Easy to carry around and hand-hold, Affordable price, Simple but effective design. Did I mention, It's "Sharp?!
Minimum focusing distance is way too long, iS would be nice too

This is a no brainer, and must have birding lens. I can walk around all day with this lens and not get tired. Easy to hand hold too, even though it has no iS. It takes very sharp images, even wide open. Build quality is super and fewer glass elements mean better IQ and sharpness overall. It is sharper than my 300 f/4L iS was and much sharper than my 100-400 iS was, so it's a keeper Wink

Wish it had a shorter focus distance and iS would also be welcomed, as long as IQ and sharpness is not compromised. I am sure photogs would be willing to fork out a few hundred more for the iS version of this lens.

Highly recommend it!

Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF]

Review Date: Aug 17, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Decent price / performance ratio, It is very sharp, built well for the class it's in, Relatively small n light.
Front filter ring is lose, where the hood attaches and I see other folks have the same issue.

Got this lens second hand, replacing my 3-year old Sigma 17-70 DC. The Tamron is so much sharper for almost the same price. The build quality and the AF sound are comparable to the Sigma. Noticed, the front filter ring is lose on this lens, where the hood attaches and I see other folks have the same issue. It just wobbles and you can hear it too, but it does not effect image quality. Tamron should fix this issue at no charge!

Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Jun 30, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Easy to carry and handle, Relatively sharp, fast AF, Excellent for taking in-flight shots. Stabilizer works well for still objects, decent price-tag, Built in hood. Short min focusing distance, decent macro abilities.
Not as sharp as it's predecessor, as it has more elements/glass, and a TC will make it worst.

Had this lens for almost 4-months and I liked it, but You have to be lucky to get a sharp copy, which is a shame from Canon L series product. I recommend it for runway shoots, motor-sports, or winter sports. Way too short for birding / wildlife and a TC will slow your USM down. I sold mine this week and getting a 400mm prime instead.

Canon EOS 30D

Review Date: Jun 26, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Strong, Light, Fast, Easy use, Affordable, Quiet, Did I mention it's fast?!
Sensor collects dust faster than any other camera I had.

This camera is like night and day compared to my 350D! So much faster and easier to hold, especially with big lenses, The battery was still showing full after taking over 700 frames, using the 100-400 iS L lens with the iS on. Will it ever drain?
Considering the 20D was selling for over $2,000- when it came out in 2004, this is an affordable DSLR for Semi-pros and photo enthusiasts. The large LCD is great, Spot metering is a blessing and I love how I don't have to jump from ISO-400 straight to 800, but there are settings in between.
The 30D has a magnesium-alloy frame which makes this camera very strong and light.
My only complaint is; The sensor already has half a dozen dust bunnies on it in less than a month and I don't change lenses often. Overall, I highly recommend this camera to everyone.

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Nov 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $440.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Wide and long which makes this the ultimate walk around and travel lens for the price nothing touches it. IS works well and takes sharp pictures between 24 & 85-mm. Not too large or heavy, fast n quiet focusing...
Distorts at 17-mm and there is visible CA on images when looking at them full sized. Thin focus ring, No hood included, pricey.

Got this lens used, as I didn't want to fork out the $900- Cdn for a brand new one. I needed a replacement lens for the EFS 18-55, kit lens and wanted a versatile walk around lens for travel. I also needed a lens that has image stabilization and takes sharp images as I will also use this lens for group shots on weddings. The build quality of this lens if good to very good. It's not an L lens but feels like one. The focusing is fast and quiet. The thin focus ring is a lill annoying, but hey it's not an L lens and at least it has one! The image stabilization works well and you can see this on your images if turned off. I also like the metal lens mount instead of plastic. Images coming out of this lens are neutral in color and sharp, but do not expect miracles. When looking at an image 100% magnified, you can spot the chromatic effects on edges which is a downfall of this lens. It also distorts at 17-mm, but still gives you a true wide angle view at 24-mm as this lens is designed for cameras with the 1.6 crop factor. It can be used on the Canon Eos Rebel (300D) rebel-XT (350D) and on the EOS 20D. All in all there is no lens on the market today which could touch this one as far as versatility is concerned. It has the wideness, the zoom, the fast focus and takes sharp pictures, all wrapped in a small and light housing. The price should be around $400- US for what it is. I do recommend this lens for landscapes and travel. Just a decent walk around lens for many possible uses.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Oct 20, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fast & quiet focusing, Sharp, Lightweight, Smaller size, Nice bag.
Weird lens hood, No tripod mount included.

Got this lens back in March, 05 and have been using it ever since. This is one lens I will keep as long as I can. The image quality is up there with the most expensive primes. The lens focuses lightning fast and if it's mounted on a fast focusing camera like the Rebel-XT or 20D, it will amaze you. Resulting images need very little tweaking in PS as the photos created by this lens are sharp and show accurate colors with no distortion of fringing. Also this lens is the best value money can buy when quality is a concern. The only thing I wish canon shipped with this lens is the tripod mount which is not included with the purchase. The tripod mount is sold separately however.

Go for it!