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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Review Date: Oct 19, 2003 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,300.00 | Rating: 4 

Pros: Flexibility of a telezoom.
Rather outdated push-pull 1st generation IS slow telezoom lens of mediocre image quality.

Too slow a telezoom of my liking. Flexibility is the only asset, I kept it just for light travels with some reach at the long end. I might get rid of it any day. Any takers ?

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Oct 19, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,550.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: IS rules!
Heavy & expensive.

I used to have the non IS version which is already an excellent zoom lens, provided if you can carry a tripod with you during your shootout. But still I'm not too happy about the results of low light handheld shots. I switched to the IS version last year and now I'm a happy man. Try shooting something handheld @1/15sec/f2.8 at 200mm sans IS, see if you're happy with the results. With this lens, you'll be as happy as I am. I guaranteed that.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM

Review Date: Oct 19, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,250.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Nicest bokeh I've ever seen. Sharpness from wide open thru all apertures.
Heavy & expensive. AF a bit slow but acceptable.

This is my 1st fastest lens I've ever owned in my 30 years of photographic experience. I'm speechless. During the past 2 weeks since I bought it, I shoot nothing but wide opened in availabe light or indoor portraits w/o flash which I've never attempted before. I'm simply fascinated by the OOF blurry background, it's a sort of dreamy like fantasy which I can't describe what I've experienced. If you can afford it, grab it.

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Oct 18, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $6,600.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, fast AF even with stacked TCs on 1D.
Nothing really except heavy & expensive.

I got this monster only last Nov. and I've never handle such a heavy lens in my life. But once it's mounted on the Wimberley gimbal head/tripod and start shooting, the feelings' great it simply floats. To me, 1D+400/2.8LIS+Wimberleygimbal head+Gitzo 1325 is such a fantastic combo.Try it for yourself.