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Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Mar 30, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: prime L lens quality, very sharp, great resolution, IS, relatively inexpensive, big & smooth focusing ring, tripod collar included, built-in hood (retractable), did I mention **IS**, works great with ef 1.4x
Cons:
I really can't think of any...

I have only owned this lens for a short time but it has already become one of my favorite lenses. This is a very sharp (even at wide open), high-quality prime L lens with high resolution. The IS works great and is very needed at this focal length. The auto-focus is very fast (tested with Canon 10D) and the full-time manual focus ring is big and operates very smoothly. I really like the built-in, retractable hood. This lens works great with the 1.4x (becomes f5.6, most cameras can still auto-focus at this aperature), image degradation is insignificant, specially if you post-process the image.

Overall, this lens is a joy to use, it is an L lens afterall!


 
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

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Review Date: Mar 29, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: very sharp, internal focusing, macro (1:1), feels solid
Cons:
tends to hunt for focus (w/ D30), tripod collar is expensive (sold separately), colour & contrast need tweeking in photoshop

The 100mm f2.8 USM macro is one of my favorite lenses. Very sharp, internal focusing (does not change length when focusing), 1:1 magnification, feels relatively solid, effective focal length of 160mm on the D30/D60/10D (bonus for macro work), and works great with extention tubes. Negative sides are that it hunts quite a bit (not really an issue with macro photos), tripod collar is not included and is very expensive, IMO colour and constrast can be better (easily corrected in photoshop though). Nevertheless, this lens really suits my kind of photography. Paid 960CND.