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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Aug 29, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: IQ, AF drive speed.
Cons:
The hood.

I've had this lens a week only, but it impresses in spades.
Canon certainly knows how to build supertelephotos.....no compromises in lens performance nor build.

When it comes to the IQ, it is not easy to conceive how is that it can possibly get any better.

The only problem is a potty sized unwieldy hood and its mounting. It makes the lens very cumbersome to handle/carry and very conspicuous. I am not convinced Canon could not have designed a smaller slicker hood.

Clearly, the lens is neither cheap nor light, however that is all well known beforehand, so one is free to either take it or leave it, no surprises there.


 
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L USM

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Review Date: Aug 29, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent reproduction of colour, contrast and shading. Very good sharpness. Compact build.
Cons:
None.

My best wide angle lens. Superior to the 35L in IQ, holds its IQ all the way to f/1.4 which I can not say about my copy of the 35L.
My excellent copy of the EF 24 f/2.8 has kept me from deciding on the L version for a while. However, the beauty of the image as well as being fully useable wide open, has made the expense worthwhile.
The only other WA lens of mine that approaches it wrt IQ is the 16-35 f/2.8.

The 24-70 f/2.8 does not beat it at 24 mm any which way.
The 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM has better resolving power @24 mm but not the same colour reproduction nor the OoF blur quality.

All other traits are as expected from that L type lens.
I must add, contrary to some previous reviews, that the lens feels compact/stubby and light for an f/1.4 L-packaged lens. The EF 24 f/2.8 appears like a toy/training lens in comparison.