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

70-300mm
Review Date: Dec 21, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Solid, built like a tank. Has that professional feel about it.
Cons:
For what it was made for - compactness, quality IQ - no complaints.

I don't like comparing lenses when I know they are all good. So what I can say is that I have no regrets buying this lens. I have a 70-200F4 L (non IS) and I say that the AF is quieter and I am sure it's faster, too. The IS works like a dream and if *used properly* can really deliver incredible results. I have gotten sharp images at 1/10 sec at 300mm, *hand held*. That is not a joke! By the way, I found that images taken at 300mm F5.6 (full opening) rival that of the 400mm F5.6 prime. And again, that's not a joke.

 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Jan 28, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Good built quality - no arguments about that. Image stabiliser is really handy at the times when you need it. Not too heavy and balances nicely on 5D2 and other crop D series DSLRs. Convenient focal length range.
Cons:
Not really sharp wide open.

I had this lens for a while now but haven't used it much until recently when I did some freelance events photography work - sort of out of retirement thingy. I had forgotten how much I paid for it but it definitely cost a bit more than my 17-40.

This is a "jack-of-all trades" lens that is particularly useful for the photojournalist or 'one lens traveller'. For best results, stop down at least one or two stops. At F8, it produces good results. That's not to say you can't take pictures at F4. Like those once in a lifetime news moment when you have to use at F4 ... you know what I mean.

Imagine what you have - 24, 35, 50, 85 and 105 all in one! Of course you can't except each focal length to have the IQ of the primes I mentioned!

If I am hard pressed to carry only one lens, I would take this and use it effectively.


 
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

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Review Date: Sep 8, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros:
Cons:

I have never owned a telephoto lens I love so much. End of story.