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Acratech ballhead

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Review Date: May 18, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Nice design, versatile – you can set camera to any position imaginable, holds nice with shorter lenses
Cons:
You have always one way blocked unless rotating pan base, not suitable for longer lenses and heavier equipment (200mm max)

I like how versatile this head is when you learn how to use it effectively. However due to its design, you have always blocked one direction to move (default is lens up). You have to rotate pan base to free it and I find it sometimes quite annoying. Also it does not handle longer lenses well, even with 70-200/4L I'm experiencing slight drop after tightening main knob.

 
Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF]

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Review Date: May 8, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Cheap, fast, sharp - if you have the right piece
Cons:
Major vignetting if you use more than 1 filter, unequal production quality, AF noise

If you're lucky, you'll get perfect lens at first time. If not, you might be dissapointed and have to try more pieces before you get the right one.

I'd recommend to go to the store where they have more pieces of this lens and try which one is the best. If you won't, you could easily get some with strong FF/BF or something like that – hovewer this can be solved with Tamron service.

I've got perfect piece first time and I like it. I's sharp, but the most important fact - for lens this fast (which I need), I'd have to pay much more if bought from Canon.

The only drawbacks are vignetting (or even clipping image at 17 mm) when using screw-in plus Cokin/Lee filters and quite noisy AF when it have to refocus through the whole range.


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: May 8, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: Lightweight, sharp
Cons:
It is sometimes better to turn AF off in poor lighted areas.

Good lens you can take everywhere due to it's quite compact design and reasonable weight.

It's not as sharp as most of the prime lenses, but still sharp enough to be one of the best zoom lenses.


 
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

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Review Date: May 8, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Very sharp even wide open, not as heavy as faster lenses, quick focus, built-in hood, nice bokeh. Yes and perfectly sharp all the time.
Cons:

Perfect fo hiking through the forrest for shooting wildlife and birds. It's not as heavy as faster lenses, so your hand is not going to fall off after a while.