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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

70-300mm
Review Date: Jun 18, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Canon L lens quality, build, size, range, image stabilization, image quality, smooth zoom, fast focus
Cons:
Heavy, zoom ring furtherst from camera, lens extends on zooming

Hi everyone.
I bought this lens just before a trip to Europe and middle east. What attracted me was the thought that it would be an ideal all round travel lens. My pretesting gave me superb quality images.

This lens proved itself. It is not light and when married to a 1D mark4 by the end of the day I was happy to have a rest.

I got quality images throughout the zoom range, superb bokeh, remarkable saturations and no distortions. I would have normally used my 70 - 200 f2.8L IS but this lens has become my choice for travel.

There is the argument of the aperture range but pushing up the iso to 400 and further gave me adequate shutter speeds and the image stabilization

This lens showed it's class while shooting from a hide. My companion was using a 300mm f2.8 prime and the images are comparable although the canon 300mm at f2.8 gives a better background blur obviously. But this raises the question of where else can you get 300mm L quality in a zoom and at the size and weight of the 70-300 f4 to f5.6 L IS.

For it size, weight, cost, range, build and IS it's a hard to find an equivalent out there and I have a feeling I will be using this lens more often than my Canon 300mm f2.8 IS


 
Canon EOS 7D

canon_eos_7_d
Review Date: Jun 25, 2010 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Size, specs, handling, lcd screen, custom functions,
Cons:
autofocus options tricky significant noise levels at all iso

I bought this camera with great expectation and as a back up for my 1D Mark3.

My first copy had disappointing autofocus and high noise levels. This was swopped and second copy gave me inconsistent quality with high noise at all iso and slow autofocus under low light conditions. Under bright light conditions images were superb. But I eventually upgraded to 1D Mark 4 and have no regrets whatsoever.


 
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM

ef17-40_4l_1_
Review Date: Aug 6, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Robust, sharp, good colour and really wide and sharp on a full frame. A delight to use and minimal distortions
Cons:
nothing at this time

I tried this lens on my Canon 1D mark 111, Canon 5D and Canon 5D mk 2. It has given me very satisfying results with sharp images, good colour saturation, sharp and manageable.

Since its main use is landscape I shoot a f8 or higher so dont need the F2,8

I tried the 16 to 35 type 1 (not type 11) and results on full frame were not good at all

Impression: The Canon 17 to 40 f4 L is a well priced, handy and dependable wide angle lens.