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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Sep 1, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Beleive all the hype - sell a kidney heck sell two kidneys if you must this lens is that good.
Attaching the ET-120 Hood can be a nightmare and makes you look silly because you cant attach a hood to a big lens :)

Being lucky enough to live in "Great Britain" I had the pleasure of buying this lens for the princely sum of approx $5,000 USD.

However in a nutshell it does not matter if it cost $6,000 USD (Some shops charge that here in the U.K for this lens) it is still amazing and worth every penny.

First impressions of this lens are simply amazing - built like a tank - a tad heavy but perfectly hand holdable for a period of time.

I like the way when you have a Canon white super tele people take note. It can get you into some nice situations - people part like the red sea to give you extra room at events.

It is nice to be asked to take a picture of the local talent Wink

If you only buy one lens - Buy a Canon 300mm 2.8 I.S

Anyone want to buy a kidney? My bank manager has the over one Sad

Sigma 50-500mm f4-6.3 EX APO RF HSM

Review Date: May 17, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Price / Sharpness / Construction / Image quality / Great range / Fast Focusing / HSM.
be prepared to carry alot of weight for the lens and tripod/monopod.

For Aviation/Landscape/Nature photogrpahy I needed a lens with added reach in order to get decent shots from a distance.

I had a look at what Canon had to offer and it looked great but there was a "Minor" problem in that it cost more than a second hand Audi!!!

And I dont need to tell anyone here how expensive this photography is.

So I searched for cheaper alternatives and folk mentioned one word "Bigma". Seemed like everyone who did birding or telephoto work had one of these in there bag and the shots were great.

Lens is built to last so no complaints there and comes with a bag and hood so thats always a plus. having the zoom lock is a nice touch as it prevents movement in transit.

Speaking of which the lens contracts well and the lens hood can be reversed so it doesnt take up much space in my bag.

People complain about the weight but any lens with this focal length is bound to be heavy and I would prefer a heavier lens than one that feels plasticky.

Some people complain about the lack of IS/OS but for me this isnt an issue as I will be using it with a tripod/monopod and for shooting aircraft folk seem to say IS/OS isnt any use anyway.

People will say that this isnt a L lens but to me thats no big thing as quality is fine and atleast this lens matches my black 350D.

So to sum up I am delighted with this lens and its a keeper for me.

Ironically its the same lens that condyk reviewed below as I bought it from him last week.


Bogen/Manfrotto 3021 Tripod Legs

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

Pros: Tall, Sturdy, Well built, spirit level, Made in Italy and more versatile than a swiss army knife.
A bit heavy however if you want something as good as this you should expect it to be a little bulked up.

I bought this here in the UK from the high street and over here its called the 055 Pro.

Its a fanstastic piece of kit that is very versatile and can be adapted to suit the criteria of what you are taking photos off.

The legs can be changed to 4 differnet angles and they have snap lock systems so you can be unpacked and repacked in seconds meaning more time to enjoy the photography.

I have seen other cheaper alternatives and they were very poorly made. We all spend so much money on this hobby it doesnt make sense skimping on something that you are going to stick all this kit on.

A strong wind and a poor tripod will end in tears.

With this tripod I am smiling and will be smiling for a long while yet.