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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: May 23, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Stunningly sharp images--after all that's all we care about right?

I've owned this lens for a few months now and have shot thousands of images with it. I had some L lenses before but this one is simply the best. I was amazed by the images. The detail I know see is awesome. I do youth sports photography and this is a staple for that work and it is on my camera all the time. I've used it with 1.4 & 2.0 TC with no problems at all. Images are still sharp.

Most of my work is sold in a 20x30 size so it needs to be sharp. So far nothing but compliments from customers.

Does it weigh a lot? A little. Nothing extreme. I've handheld it for back to back lacrosse games. I was a little tired by the end but not really any more than usual. I do regularly use a monopod now so I can have the extra stability.

Sharpness and build quality are of the highest standards. And the lockable hard storage case is very nice although a little more difficult for airline travel.

As others have said--slap on a 2x TC and you have a 600 f5.6 with IS. I'm sure the birders will find that very useful.