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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

Review Date: Aug 13, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Do not need to constantly change lenses as this size fits all! Super sharp.
Cannot think of any as yet but would prefer fixed aperture at f/4 but this would have made it more expensive.

This lens is brilliant. I came second on a Canon EOS photo comp and was awarded $2,500 Australian to be spent at the sponsors camera website. Before this I had no intention to buy any more lenses but as I had an opportunity to do so, I checked out various lenses. In the end I chose the 70-300 f/4-5.6 L IS and have never regretted it. I sold my beloved 70-200 f/4 L IS and my aging Canon 300 f/4 L IS to a friend who was looking for good L lenses and they have gone to a good home! I can find no difference in quality between my former lenses and this lens. It's excellent and I highly recommend it. It's fairly light (in comparison to the 300) and the biggest plus is that I no longer have to constantly change lenses as this does it all. Along with my Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L, this lens is rarely off my 5DII.

Canon EOS 5D

Review Date: May 7, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Full frame, little if any sharpening required, high dynamic range, great colour
For some reason the mode dial can easily be knocked from Av to Tv - but that's just my clumsiness!

What can I say that's not been said before. This, to me, is the ultimate dslr. My 17-40 suddenly becomes what it was designed for - wiiiiide. While I thought I had issues with the 24-105, this is excellent on the 5D. While I lose "length" with my Canon 300 f/4L IS, I have not really missed it to date. For those with the 20D, my advice - go for it. You will not be disappointed. I am constantly amazed that no sharpening is required and the 100% crops are mind blowing. The 5D does require good glass (which I have). Regarding dust - well, we all have dust issues with any dslr. I find I clean my sensor no more than I did with my 20D and I am constantly changing lenses. I have a gallery dedicated to this camera - go to and check out the 5D gallery.


Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Nov 27, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Nice range, fairly contrasty and sharp.
Real issues with CA

I really want to like this lens! The focal length is just what I was looking for (having sold my 70-200 f/4L) and the IS was the main attraction. I have no problems with flare and have tested this lens many times shooting into the sun but to date no flare is present. But my main concern is the CA (chromatic aberration). It is inconsistent and just when I feel I should send this back to Canon, the next load of images contain no CA. I know this can be fixed in PS but for a lens of this price, I don't think I should have to do this. I have not come across CA in my 17-40 in any image that I am aware of. I do occasionly get a tad with my 135 f/2 but not noticeably so.

Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Mar 31, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Super sharp - the IS is great - no more blur at low shutter. No need for tripod. And superb with Sigma 1.4x TC
None that I can think of.

If you take a lot of candids as I do, this is the prime lens for you. The IS feature makes me want to look at more primes with IS.