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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

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Review Date: Mar 22, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: not very heavy, very low chromatic aberration, nearly constant (and very good) image quality from F4 to F11
Cons:
back-focuses in many cases (usually within the F4 DOF though, with 20D, all other lenses are correct), white (and eye-catching)



 
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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Review Date: Mar 22, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: relatively lightweight.
Cons:
Chromatic aberration very annoying from 4(5.6) to 8, less in smaller (darker) diaphragms. IS is NOT as good as the one in EF-S 17-85 (compared on equal focal lengths of course).

I bought this lens mainly because if the image stabilization (I already use the EF-S 17-85 IS which is a good lens and the IS is perfect). I like street photography and IS is a useful feature to me. BUT the lens has lots of chromatic aberration (purple/green fringing, depending on focal length). Besides the IS is not as good as in 17-85 lens. It does not respond to very small movement (you can see this in the viewfinder) ie it helps you not to shake a picture A LOT but doesn't help with little blur due to tiny movements of the camera. I tried two lenses and they were exactly the same in that manner. The focusing is slow but accurate. The built quality is average. I kept this lens for 3 days, gave it back and got a 70-210/4L, which is a completely different thing.