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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Review Date: Sep 4, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Color, sharpness, dual IS, built.
Cost (but worth the price), weight, at 400mm it loses its sharpness a little.

I just got this lens not too long ago, but I have arleady taken tons of photos. I like the IS, it really helps on panning shots and low light situation. It has dual IS, mode 1 is for stationary object and mode 2 is for panning. This lens gives me satisfying results. It is sharp and colorful almost at all focal length. At 400mm however, it loses its sharpness a little, so I have to stop down to f/11. I did comparison at 400mm focal length, it seems to give sharpest result at f/11. The built quality of this lens is excellent, sturdy built.

Many people complain about the push-pull design. I actually kinda like this design. It's faster to zoom or pull-back. At 3 lbs, this lens is heavy, however I don't mind the weight.

Bottom line, this is a very versatile lens. You can use this lens for just about anything. No, it's not as sharp as prime lenses (nor do I expect it to be), but it comes very close. For the versatility that this lens gives, I wouldn't complain about being not as sharp as prime lenses.