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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

Review Date: Jan 17, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $810.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Amazingly sharp, very fasct focus, lightweight, good build quality, built-in sliding hood.
No IS, minimum focus distance 3.5m.

Had a chance to get a mint used copy for a good price. The focus is incredibly fast in good light. Pictures are super sharp.
In low light it is advisable to bump up the ISO or use a tripod (if possible). Works quite well with my Canon 1.4x extender.
With IS this lens would be a dream come true but I doubt Canon will ever release an IS version. If you absolutely want IS then go for the 400/4 DO IS but a 5 times the price.
If you want faster/longer glass then you have to pay 4-6 times as much so this is a good compromise for budget minded photographers.
Highly recommended.