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Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM

Review Date: Feb 12, 2016 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Good image quality, Low chromatic aberration, effective image stabilization, nice build.
Just some minor personal nit picks.

I found the wide open image quality to be quite good with some improvement stopped down a bit. This lens' strong point is it carries that image quality deep into the corners of full frame bodies even at the 16mm. Chromatic aberration is very well controlled. The auto focus is fast and accurate. The IS works surprisingly well though I think the up to four stops claim is a little over the top. It's more like two or maybe three on the tight end for me. Overall this lens is a very solid performer.

Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Mar 26, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $5,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Image quality, build, and coming from a 600 I find the weight a definite pro. Also it takes the 1.4x very well and the 2x shots aren't to shabby.
I prefer the older "focus by wire" manual focus. The slow speed setting was perfect for manual touch ups. It is much more difficult with this lens.

My first supertele was the 500 4.5. That is a great lens but that .5 on the apature made the extender use difficult. I am now coming from a 600 non IS. It seems the 1d 1.3 crop is going to be around a while longer so I've decided to switch back to the 500 for portability. The one thing I miss is the older "focus by wire" manual focus but, other than that I am very impressed with this lens.