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Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Feb 20, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $5,500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Superb resolution and bokeh.
Cons:
None - after my first test shot I was hooked.

Can't add much - Just a great piece of glass. My largest prior was the 400 f5.6 L. I have been really impressed with the quality of the L series, but this one blows the others away.

It is just a coincidence, but the lens was delivered today (2/20/2008) and this evening there is a total lunar eclipse.
So between 10:01 pm est and 11:30 I'll be "shooting he moon".

I spent over a year researching lenses - and for my subjects (Wildlife and Surfing - no pun intended) this seemed to be the best choice.


 
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

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Review Date: Jan 7, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: If you handle it correctly it is great - color, saturation, focus sharpness and price.
Cons:
For the price paid - nothing

Most negative comments relate to needing good light etc - Well, it is a 5.6 - Hopefully, if you are going to spend the fairly good sum that this lens requires, you are already familiar with the light range capability of a 5.6. If that range isn't satisfactory Canon has some superb faster glass but also at a much higher price.

I love mine - Just waiting for my photography skills to allow me use it to it's true capability.



 
Canon EOS 30D

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Review Date: Jun 2, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: As a digi-Am I thinkit is fantastic
Cons:
Non-yet

I started into digi with a 1.5 mp - at the time it was >$500. I was able to connect it to my Meade scope for some great (at that res) photos.

I moved up to a Minolta 7Hi (that was before they merged with Konica and then went out of the business) but the 5 MPX with all of the features was a great step up at the time.

Then I picked up a 30D with the kit lens. I was dissapointed since the PICS were not that great. After some research I discovered where that lens (F8&f14 between 22&35mm) does best and got some really good shots.

Someone recommended and I researched the 50mm 1.8 II.
Best $79.00 I ever spent.

The I ordered a Canon 70-200mm F4 - I could have gone for the 2.8 version or the2.8 IS. but the weight was my major selling/buy point.

After one 30 min walk/photo around my property I am sold.
The 30 D with a 70-200mm f4 takes photos that are so good that my wife - who is very suspicious of my "toy" expenditures, actually agreed that she saw the "difference" in quality once I Started using the new lens.

Final Opinion: Fantastic camera - Pair it with great lenses and it gets even better


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Jun 2, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $544.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Everything - but i'm a hobbiest trying to learn the ropes.
Cons:
Nada - as of the first day

I read all of the reviews on various sites and also have a colleague who is quite knowledgeable. I had purchased my D30 about a week ago and was not very pleased with the kit lens. Although after some research and figuring out where it's "sweet spots" were (mm/f combos) I had a number of great PICS. The person mentioned above suggested the 55mm 1.8. I bought the model II immediatley and thought I had something great.

Waiting for my 70-200 to arrive I was quite paranoid RE: the back focus postings I had reviewed.

By the time I got to the new lens it was almost dark, so I tried some shots and really could not fairly judge the lens or focus.

The next day when the sun came out I did a quick 15 min tour of my yard with the lens in Ap P. I could not take a bad
picture.

I just "paid my dues" for pic uploads so I can't send any examples now. Tomorrow I will send one of the first four to hit the card - It is great.

My research made me curious. I chose the F4 version more on weight than $$. The IS might be great, but it seems that the
extra size and weight would balance out with the F4 if hand-held.