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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM

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Review Date: Jul 26, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Sharp Wide Open, Great Contrast, Smooth Zooming, Fast Aperture, works well with 1.4x TC.
Cons:
200mm is a bit short to shoot field sports, not a strong combo with 2x, heavy to handhold for long periods of time

I got this lens about a year back and have been very satisfied with the results that I have gotten. I primarily use it for field sports or indoor sports, though f/2.8 is still a bit slow to shoot with ambient in the latter case. The images that come from the lens are sharp, and have great contrast. A lot of the time I shoot with a 1.4x teleconverter on it to give me a bit of extra reach for field sports, but the downside is losing that extra bit of light. The teleconverter makes images a little softer, and decreases the color quality, but for the most part is a good addition. The 2x is a whole different story though, as I found the lens hunting for focus too much when paired with this TC. Best leave the 2x for primes. A downside to using this lens with a 1.4x a lot of the time is that when the sun goes down and you need that extra f stop, you lose a lot of range, and 200mm is not enough to shoot field sports. I shoot a lot of lacrosse under the lights, and the 200mm alone is too short, yet the 200mm + 1.4x is too dark. So if you are shooting field sports in dark conditions, you may want to consider saving for a 300 2.8. But nonetheless, this is an amazing lens that every sports shooter should own just because of its versatility and IQ at all focal lengths and apertures.