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Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Jul 5, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,135.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: -large, rubberized, smooth feeling focus ring -built in hood -came with a tripod mount -maintains autofocus with 1.4 extender
-this will eventually lead to the bigger primes, probably the 500(con?) -the little clunk when IS kicks in thats really all I can think off.

Went through the common dilemma as others when first looking at this lens: should I get the 100-400 or the 300 w/1.4 extender. I tried both and kept both. Yeah, I know...alot of help that was. The main reason I kept the 300 was that it felt quicker on the draw. Also, the less than 1 stop advantage in speed @300 was, to me, significant.
The 100-400 felt better for quickly framing objects moving toward and away from the camera. But, I felt much more comfortable with the 300 in hand. Nothing againts the push/pull...I would feel the same way if it was a twist. Plus, I like not having to always worry about the zoom friction adjustment. Composing objects that I would otherwise zoom out for left me with some interesting shots. Ones that I would not have taken with the 100-400 and vice versa. Sometimes I feel like I need the 100-400 to get what I want. Hope this helps one make the decision.
Of course, shots had great contrast/sharpness throughout. Even with the 1.4 extender. Never tried the 2x. When I can get the distance between subject and backround, bokeh looks evenly shaped and smooth.
I would definately buy again. More Canon telephoto primes will definately follow.