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Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Feb 17, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Extremely fast to focus, built in lens hood, very well built, great price for the range and ability of this lens.
Cons:
Power hungry

I was looking for a prime that I could add to my current 70 - 200 F/4 L setup. Price was an issue (couldn't afford F/2.8 primes) but I wanted something that was optically fantastic and with good range for Motorsport.

This lens is a joy to use and I would have no hesitation in telling people to make a purchase, particularly for Motorsport or fast moving objects.


 
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Jun 2, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: - The quality, simply fantastic - Zoom is so so fast, quiet and accurate - Great outdoor and on the move lens
Cons:
None, simple as. For the price you pay you get great value here.

This was my first medium to long range telephoto and I am so pleased I went with this as a choice. First of all to those who argue they need F/2.8...before discounting this lens really consider what you use your gear for? I weighed up either this or the Sigma 70-200 F/2.8 simply because I occasionally wanted to do something night shooting.

The night or low light shooting has never materialised as I don't have an urge to do it. However my Motorsport shooting has increased exponentially and I feel very lucky to have this lens by my side to help capture the images.

You can't pick this lens up and it will give you a great photo, thats not what DSLR's and this type of equipment is about. However with this lens it enables you to learn and removes the issue of equipment being the limiting factor.

Buy this lens if you do a lot of walking in your type of photography and need something that will not be obtrusive and weight you down over the course of the day. 200mm is a little short for some Motorsport but I will never sell this lens as it has far to many uses.

My site www.meangasoline.co.uk is documented using this lens for nearly all the photos.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

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Review Date: Jun 2, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: - Look at the price you pay for the quality you get! - Small, light and just sits in the corner of your bag all day waiting to be used - F/1.8...brilliant
Cons:
- Nothing I can see

I bought this lens as I was told by reviews and in general that this was Canons best value lens by a long shot.

Simple fact...it is. The quality, bokeh and ease of use make this lens an absolute joy to use. I have my 70-200 F/4 L for Motorsport and everything else I pretty much do with this.

The standard kit lens from a Rebel XT (350d) looks like the poor relation in comparison to this lens and because of which I never use it.