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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

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Review Date: Jun 8, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Relatively lightweight and has excellent balance (with 30D). Quick and quiet AF. Sharp, sharp, sharp images, excellent color.
Cons:
Minor nit is the placement of the manual/auto focus button. Not as bad as on the 200 f2.8 but I'd still prefer it be lower down on the barrel. Not enough of a concern to alter the 10 to a 9.

OUCH! These pictures are sharp! Recently purchased it for birding and it is just amazing. I'd been using the 200 f2.8 with a 1.4x extender (which is quite excellent) but this gives me more reach and actually feels a bit more comfortable, strange to say. I was a bit surprised that AF didn't work with the 1.4x but I guess I shouldn't have been if I'd been paying attention at Canon school. However, AF with 400 and MF with 560 will still be more than good enough to keep me very happy.

 
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: Jul 18, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $630.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Superb imaging. Fast focus. Excellent light gathering. Relatively light. Pretty darn inexpensive considering it's an L.
Cons:
These are TINY nits. The MF/AF button could be a touch easier to grab by feel. The lens sometimes hunts quite a bit when presented with thin sprays of material (thin branches, stems).

This is my first L purchase and, having been aided by the many reviews on this site, I thought it only right to add to the collection. This lens is amazing. My very first "real" shot with it (after a couple of nothing pics indoors) was the best hummingbird pic I've ever taken. The focus is fast, the f2.8 was just what I needed for low light/fast shutter conditions and the image quality is simply stunning. The price was, to my mind, quite reasonable given the quality of the lens.