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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Review Date: Oct 28, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Extremely sharp, great zoom range, fats, qiet focussing

I love this lens. I bought it in July 2007 for equine photography and have not been disappointed. The photos are extremely sharp, even when photographing horses at a full gallop coming towards me. The autofocus is so fast and silent that at first I thought it wasn't working. The zoom range allow photos of horses competing at shows without having to change my position. I actually find the weight & solidness of the lens makes it easy to hand-hold. The IS works beautifully- I have taken photos at 1/125 of a second with no loss of sharpness. The push/pull zoom was easy to get used to- the only time I had problems was when I was switching back & forth between this lens and one with a rotating zoom, and even then it only took a second or two to adjust my brain. I have heard about softness problems with these lenses, but I have to say that I find this one sharp all the way through every aperture and focal length, and I have really pushed its limits with difficult lighting and high speed action.