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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

Review Date: Feb 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,069.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Incredible image quality, small size, precise almost instantaneous focus.
This lens may be too slow if you shoot film. Perfect for digital user.

Solidly built and good looking lens. The focus if fast and precise (almost instantaneous). Sturdy, useful built in lens hood and tripod collar. Very compact compared to other 400mm lenses of this quality.

I'm primarily using this lens on a Canon 20D with fantastic results shooting wildlife in the Greater Yellowstone Area. The maximum 5.6 apeture is not a problem with this combination, just bump up the iso to 400 and shoot away. I can't see any visible difference in prints between iso 100 and 400 as long as proper sharpening techniques are used. This lens replaced a Sigma 500 f4.5 APO. I can't believe the difference in sharpess and color rendition. This is everything you expect of a Canon L lens.