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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Jul 31, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Extremely sharp lens with good color rendition. Built to last for a very long time. Still sharp even with a 1.4x or 2x teleconverter. Still quite handholdable with IS even at this focal length and weight.
Very poorly designed lens cap. It is virtually unusable in the field. I don't even bother to cap mine, I just leave the lens in my bag when not in use.

This is a wonderful lens and an asset to any photographer's bag. It borders on being a bit too heavy to carry all day in the field. Contrary to what others say, it is quite handholdable - I find a monopod to be cumbersome and limiting.

Optics are first-rate as well as the build quality. I really appreciate the drop-in polarizer; it is so easy to use I leave it permanantly in place. I wish smaller lenses had a polarizer that was this easy.

After you get over the sticker shock, you will be glad you made the right purchase decision.