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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Oct 26, 2005 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated


After my last post here I've did some more testshoots and really this lens is dissapointing me the whole way ...
Like said last post, not much more "light effectivenesss" with the 2.8 compared to the f/4 and on a scale from 1 to 10 only 3 pictures come out that are sharp (where with my f/4 this was 8 out of 10 ...).
Also when shooting with IS turned off I get more sharp pictures then when turned ON !
Today I contacted Canon Belgium about this issue and they advised me to bring the lens back and do a switch on "DOA" grounds (Dead On Arrival) and see what differences this could make.
I'm a little bit concerned when switching the lens it will be the same mess all-over again and that it has something to do with the synchro between the body and lens and that a new lens would be the same outcome.
Has somebody here dealed with the same kind of problems or has anybody any suggestions ?
Does anybody know a good testing ground to see if the IS is doing what it should do ?
I'm only comparing with my previous 70-200 f/4 where I was wildly enthousiastic about... the new one has cooled this enthousiasm a little bit (read: a lot).
Canon Belgium told me when the same problems arrise I should return the lens with the body (EOS 350D) at the service center, but then I will be without camera for at least 3 weeks ...
Couldn't think or oversee that one couls have that much trouble with a lens of nearly 2000 euros ...
Anyone with any suggestions please drop me a line...

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Oct 19, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 


Bought a new EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS L USM glass yesterday to replace my 70-200 f/4 and was a little bit disappointed.
When shooting in auto mode on my EOS 350D the flash keeps popping-up at the same time my f/4 did ...
I hoped that with the f/2.8 the lens should be more sensitive and that the flash should stay more in its non-functioning position... or am I doing something wrong ?