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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

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Review Date: May 9, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,083.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: light, fast focus, very sharp at wide open(F5.6) and even with 1.4x(F8)
Cons:
F5.6

Just bought it two days ago but i can feel it is completely upgraded from my perivous combo 300 4L IS + 1.4x or 400 4 DO IS (this one is bad copy, produce at 2002).

In compare with 300 4L IS + 1.4x,
I can keep more flying shoot and thanks for the focus limiter (8.5m to infinity) it really helpful to reduce the focusing time.
And the contrast and sharpness are much higher than 300 combo.

In compare with 400 4 DO IS,
I can suffer from low contrast image but can't withstand non sharpness, may be i get a earlier BAD copy (produce at 2002).
400 5.6L is win in all aspect.

I don't feel it is difficult to handheld and the balance is just fit for my 20D. May be i already used to 400 4 DO IS. I very happy with this len at all.