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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

Review Date: Sep 8, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Razor sharp, lightweight, not too bulky, super fast AF
Long minimum focal distance

My first L lens, and also my breakthough into the longer line-up of lenses. The quality of this lens just blows me away. The build quality is great, the AF is soo fast and silent and it is unbelievably sharp.

I can whole-heartedly recommend this to anyone who is interested in wildlife/bird photography. I can handhold birds in flight with ease due to its low weight and fast AF. When used with the 1.4x extender on my 300d you get an effective length of 896mm, with no loss in quality! Definately my favorite lens.

People say its too slow, sure go for the 400mm f/2.8, if you can afford it. But this still is an amazing lens for the price.

One warning once you get into things you'll want longer..... Oh why is the 500mm so expensive :P

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Sep 8, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Super Sharp, not too heavy, not to expensive.
Ridiculously priced hood and tripod mount

I had really gotten into macro photography after using my dads tamron 90mm macro and so was looking to get one of my own. In the end it boiled down to this or the tamron. I think i chose this mainly due to the extra reach and canon's good name. I am certainly glad I did. This lens is just brilliant. On par with my 400mm f/5.6L for sharpness and almost as good AF speed (although i manual focus most of the time).

My only gripe is the vast expense required to purchase the lesn hood (which i think is 100% necessary to protect the protruding fron lens and stop light) and the tripod ring (which i cant bring myself to buy).

All in all a great lens.