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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Jul 26, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, great contrast and saturation, lightweight
Cons:
I won't say f/4 because you're an idiot to complain about it. You get what you pay for and this lens is fantastic.

I love this lens. It was the 1st lens I've bought (not counting the kit lens with the 20d) and right away I was floored by the quality of the images I was getting.

I primarily shoot automotive photography. Still shots of cars and panned action shots of motorsport are what I use it for the most, but it also gets some action as a portrait lens.

Sample Gallery of Auto Racing <- poor venue lighting, but with a 20d you can make do with ISO 1600.

Sample Gallery of Car Show

Sample Gallery of Portrait Shots

I've seen complaints on back focussing and sending it off multiple times to be replaced. I have a hunch this is user error. While it does hunt in low light, most of the back focus issues seem to occur when I didn't have ai servo, one-shot, ai focus, set properly to conditions I was shooting in, in addition to negligence of the switch on the lens itself to aid in faster focussing for closer/further subjects. There have been times the lens frustrated me with back focus, until I realized it was my mistake.

I don't have the budget for the 2.8 or 2.8 IS. I see myself using this lens for 2 or more years and I'm happy with that. The value is tremendous. If you are even remotely inclined to pick this lens up, don't hesitate.