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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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Review Date: Nov 18, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $433.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Light, excellent optics for price
Cons:
Front element rotates

I spent a couple of hours testing this lens against the 70-200 f2.8 IS and the 70-200 f4 IS, and I have to say that it held its own very well. It may be an exceptional copy, but even pixel peeping I had a tough time distinguishing the 70-300 photos from those of the "L" lenses. I wouldn't have any hesitation taking this lens on a trip where weight is an issue.

 
Canon EF 35mm f/2

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Review Date: Nov 18, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $220.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Small and light; decent build
Cons:
Very sharp and bright; good contrast

This lens is a fantastic buy. It's a nice walkaround lens and is retty fast (f2). The optics are very good, I would say VERY close to L quality, but without the price.

 
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8

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Review Date: Nov 18, 2008 Recommend? no | Price paid: $329.95 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Small
Cons:
Optics not good as "L" zooms; focus is slow and noisy

I bought this lens from B&H because the reviews suggested that it was nearly the equivalent of the f1.4 version in terms of IQ. However, it wasn't even as good as my 24-105 and wasn't much better than the 24-85. I'm surprised, because the even cheaper 35mm f2 has MUCH better IQ and contrast.

 
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM

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Review Date: Nov 1, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $5,300.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Extremely sharp, relatively light, fantasic OS
Cons:
Cost, tight hood

This may not be the best lens for birding lens, but for the megafauna is has excellent reach, IQ, and useability. It's a fantastic lens to hand hold and enables you to get the quick shot. Plus it takeS a 1.4X TC very well. FANTASTIC ALL PURPOSE WILDLIFE LENS!