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

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Review Date: Aug 20, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Clean crips sharp images. Well Built, fast focus.
Cons:
None

I love the results of this lens. I originally wanted the 70 to 200 F2.8 IS which I did purchase anyway. I rarely use it. This has become my main lens. I do a lot of outdoor shooting and this is my favorite lens.
As for the push-pull, you get used to it very quickly and its easy to adjust and use. I have had excellent shots on subjects I did not think I would get the shot at all. Would be nice if it were an F2.8 but when it gets darker I grab the other lens.
The extended reach of this lens on a crop sensor is great. even using a 1.4 Tele-Converter (manual focus only) you can get crisp clean shots. I shot side by side with a 300 F4 and end results, this lens won hands down.
For the price of this lens compared to the 70 - 200 F2.8 IS this is a clear winner. I prefer to be on the end of this lens capturing that grizzley rather than the others I have and still get the clean, colourful crisp shot.
I guess I have a newer version as I have been told the images were soft. I have yet to capture that experience. With my main camera,you will rarely see any other lens hanging off of it. I bought the Kenko tube set and have not touched my Macro lens since.


 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM

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Review Date: Aug 20, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,600.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Clear clean crisp images. Built like a tank, very sollid.
Cons:
Expensive

I have been using this lens in the field and for portraits and am always pleased with the results. Maybe I have a good copy but; no calibration was required. Right out of the box each shot was very impressive. I feel it is over priced as with most "L" lenses however, quality is not free and you get what you pay for.
People keep comparing it to the cheaper 50mm F1.4v and the only thing I would ask is what are your photos worth? Are they worth the added expense of the "L" or are you completely satisfied with images from other glass. This lens is obviously better glass and has been proven many times.
It's a keeper in my opinion. If you are price concious and always looking for negatives, get the cheaper 50mm F1.4 version. If you don't mind putting out the extra $$$ for the higher quality then this is where the investment is.