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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: May 30, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,600.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: WOW WOW WOW did I mention WOW it's fast, razor sharp and the IS is a life saver.
A bit heavy until you get used to it.

I'm a real newbie to any photography. My 350D is the second camera I have ever owned, and I'll be 59 this year.

Ok on to this lens. When the package came I was excited to get it out of the box and try it out. Well I FREAKED OUT after taking 10 shots or so and loading them into my PC. They were blurry and the dof was almost nonexsitent. I thought OMG I just got it and broke it getting it out of the box. (I said I was a newbie didn't I?) Ok so a cocktail and some reading of the manual helped a lot. If you turn on the IS it actually works and taking pix of flowers at 200mm f2.8 from 3 feet tends to limit the dof a bit. Round 2 of pix were considerably better and the 2nd cocktail reduced my hand shudder too. Yes it took me a while to get used to this lens but when I did it's performance is breath taking. After a while I didn't even need the cocktails (kinda sad really).

I would recomend this lens to anyone. It's fast, crystal clear and just a lot of fun to shoot with.

Don T.