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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

ef70_200_4_1_
Review Date: Nov 30, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Soo well built, no rotating front element or extending with zoom etc - fantasticly sharp in good light.
Cons:
Low light (even outside) performance isnt as good as I was hoping. On a 400D it feels a little long - but Im so happy with the image quality Ill persist until Im used to the length.

I went with the reviews on this lens - the current canon cash backs (70) really persuaded me to purchase, it was now or never. I really dont regret it - give this lens what it needs and the image quality is stunning.

Bought it from 7dayshop.com - took a day longer than expected but all here safe and sound.
I wasnt sure what to expect with regards to weight - most reviews say its not heavy - but that has to be compared to what your used to. For me im coming from a standard 28-105 USM mk1 and it has to be said its a chunk longer and heavier. However, its not uncomfy to hold and shouldnt be a problem if your lugging it around in a back pack (like i will be).

Ive also read a few reviews stating the hood makes the cap impossible to get off sooo I got one of the following (and a reasnoble hoya filter for protection),

http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=777_1&products_id=103212

Its sooo cheap I thought it was worth a try - and bingo it works a treat. Just reach in nip it on or off etc. It also means if you loose it ya dont have to shell out for another official canon cap.

A couple of points to the lesser qualitys of this lens. Light level really does hold this lens back - I can see why IS is so appealing to others but it just wasnt possible on my current budget. I do find bursting 3-4 shots out at once usually secures a really nice image if I feel the need, or, raise the ISO which even at 400 with this lens really isnt so bad.
I have to say aswell that the USM is fast but my 28-105 focuses faster which i was surprised at.

Overall a stunning lens - I just hope I can get used to the length...
I dont regret this purchase in the slightest - I doubt you will either.