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

Review Date: Mar 25, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: wide zoom range, IS, terrific optical quality from 100mm-about 275mm
not as good as the 300f4L or 400f5.6L at the long end, very heavy, f5.6

I marked it as recommended, but it's not clearly a lens I think everyone would like. First of all it's heavy, cumbersome, and
not at it's best where I would guess 90% of users would use it
90% of the time (at the long end).

The IS works great, and optically in the right conditions and focal length it's really terrific. If for example you shoot alot of large birds, especially in flight, you might really like this lens.

I'd recommend a 70-200f4L and 300f4L IS over this lens for around the same price. A little shorter range, but provides better optical quailty throughout, a constant f4 aperature and is much easier to use. I don't miss my 100-400LIS one bit.