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Tamron 150-600MM F/5-6.3 DI VC USD

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Review Date: Mar 23, 2014 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,069.00 | Rating: 1 

 
Pros: 600 mm in a compact body
Cons:
Tried it out in 20 degree weather, it stopped focusing in about an hour as the grease or lube inside froze - as I planned to use it in 0 degree weather for eagle pics it is not worth any money to me

Tried to love this as a replacement for sigma 150 to 500 but it stopped working in cold weather. YMMV

 
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM

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Review Date: Jun 27, 2013 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,700.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: bought used for a reasonable price, light weight carry lens for birds/planes/etc used with both 1.4x tc on xxd bodies and 2x tc on my 1d bodies will auto focus nicely sharp!!! much easier to carry than my 500 f4is or the heavyweight 600 f4
Cons:
some pics need a contrast adjustment, some not - depends on light

really like this lens for general walkaround bird/plane pictures and some other uses way easier than 300f2.8, works well wih both tcs ymmv