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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

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Review Date: Jun 5, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,329.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Lightweight, simple (no IS).
Cons:
Would be bullet proof if it had weather sealing.

Sharper than my 100-400 at 400mm, which is why I got it. Love the built-in lens hood. But its lack of IS practically screams for a gimbal head. I use a Wimberley Sidekick on an Arca-Swiss Z1 -- super smooth and stable.

But note that if you're using a 1D series body or battery grip, you'll want a longer lens plate than made/recommended to move the lens/body forward for neutral balance. An RRS multi-purpose rail (MPR-113) fits the bill.