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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Nov 23, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,139.95 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, fast AF, excellent in most conditions, works great with 1.4x
Cons:
None

I began shooting sports with a Canon 75-300 4-5.6 ... finally acquired this lens from B&H in May and it's hard to put down (I have not used the 75-300 since)...realized what I'd been missing. It's like going from your old TV to HD

I've never used a tripod or monopod with this lens; it can feel a bit heavy with the 1.4x attached but doesn't bother me.

Focuses very fast and is extremely sharp at f/2.8

I personally have not noticed any quality or sharpness loss with the 1.4x attached

I'm very happy with the non-IS version. The IS was considerably more expensive; I shot minor league baseball in a badly-lit stadium all summer and still got nice results without IS

Really glad I got the 2.8 -- it becomes roughly a 300mm f/4 with the extender -- pretty nice versatility for most situations. It comes highly rated for a reason.