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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Jul 28, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharpness, contrast, color, build quality, IS, f/2.8, performance at f/2.8, performance with 1.4x TC at f/4.0
Cons:
Attracts attention, quite heavy to handhold for extended periods of time, price (although it's worth every penny!)

What can I say that hasn't been said before? I don't want to put another lens on my camera ever again.

Shooting wide open with or without 1.4x TC gives you amazing pictures if you know how to handle this lens right.

Even though I had no prior telephoto experience, I managed to get tack-sharp pictures handheld with 1.4x TC the first day at 1/400 thanks to IS. That's 672mm on an EOS 10D.

Nothing has been disappointing about this lens.


 
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

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Review Date: May 18, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $652.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Build quality, sharpness, color and contrast are all excellent.
Cons:
None yet

I've had the privilege to have my ways with a number of L-lenses (16-35/2,8L, 28-70/2,8L, 70-200/2,8L IS, 200/1,8L) and I was surprised when I first held this lens in my hand after having it UPS'd from Germany. Build quality is definently in the same league as any of the above lenses.

The second thing that struck me by surprise was the sharpness. This thing is SHARP at its maximum aperture. I thought my 50/1,8 II was sharp at f/2,8 until I got this lens.

Also compared to the 50/1,8 II, both color and contrast are excellent.

The only thing that keeps this lens - I feel - from being labled "L", is the AF. At normal shooting, the AF is VERY fast. In low light and close up to the subject AF hunts alot.

All in all, I am relieved that this lens performs as well as it does. I have absolutely no regrets at all for buying this lens.