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Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM

Review Date: Nov 15, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very sharp, great bokeh wide open, size & weight, excellent with 1.4x and even with 2x.
Can be a bit flat in low light. I would like to have a normal lenscap. The little screws on the hood come loose very easily. Minimum focussing distance.

This is the only birding lens with IS that you can take with you on a hike. I wish the minimum focussing distance was a bit shorter so it could be used for butterflies & damsels also.

Examples :

Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8

Review Date: Nov 7, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Very sharp, very nice bokeh and obviously the T&S functionality.
Strange hood locking design.

I have been using this lens mainly for flowers. Most of them with my 1D MkII but also some with my D60. This means I mainly used the tilt function.
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Canon EOS 1D Mark II

Review Date: Jul 15, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,500.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast in all aspects, much better controls. Low ISO noise (compared to my D60 at least). Sensitive shutter release.
It's very strange but now and then AF locks without having a good focus.

Finally a worthy replacement for my EOS 3.

Sigma 180mm f3.5 EX APO Macro IF HSM

Review Date: Jun 11, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharpness, manual focus ring
slow and hunting AF

Much cheaper than the Canon equivalent and very sharp. I even combined this lens with an old Tamron 2x converter and got excellent results, even wide open : and the next 4 following.
Many pictures on my macro links were done with the 180mm lens.
Those are the most recent pictures :
This is my best known picture :