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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Sep 10, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $580.00 | Rating: 10 

 
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All the positive reports are true. But does the tripod collar of the 300mm f/4L fit the 70-200 f/4L? Not mine!

How about it?


 
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

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Review Date: Jan 10, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Zoom range, IS, close-up capabilities, USM
Cons:
Can be soft at longest focal length, mechanism a little wobbly

While this lens is no longer fashionable (if it ever was!), in my book, it is still a contender. The focal range makes it a good choice for a walk-around lens, and mine has been just that for about three years of hard use. That included several international trips and a lot of wildlife stalking--all without a glitch. I've found its close-up capabilities terrific. It is fast-handling, and focusing is quiet and quick. Comparing notes with other users, I might have lucked out with an especially good copy because almost all my shots--if correctly exposed and well focused--are darn good by any reasonable standard. My recommendation: If you get your hands on a good one, you'll have a fine instrument that can produce quality results in a variety of situations.