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Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM

Review Date: Oct 23, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Size and weight, build quality, IS, optical peformance
cost, hood is a little bit tight

I just sold a 500mm f4.5 because it was too big and heavy for my purposes. I needed a bird lens that was a little less work to bring around with me and the 400mm DO seemed to be the ideal lens. I'v done alot of reading up on the DO and decided that I needed to get one in order to make a decision since the opinions were so divided. After searching high and low for a recent used copy of the DO I finally found one, it was made in April 2005 according to the date code so it is a very recent copy.

This lens produces stunning images. I'v had a couple of L telephoto lenses and my copy of the DO is on par with them. This isn't consistent with what other people think of this lens but my copy is great and it will deffinatly have a place in my gear bag for a long time. Here is a link to a photo I took with this lens PLUS a 1.4x TCII

As I build up a collection of images I will be sure to add them to this review. I would recommend this lens. I do find the huge variation in opinions a bit worrying though, it seems that there certainly are some copies that are better than others.