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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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Review Date: Sep 30, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Zoom range, image stabilization, contrast, build quality
Cons:
A bit heavy to hand hold for long periods

An excellent lens when used in the conditions it is designed for. It is not a low light, fast moving, point and click lens. Although I have used it to track birds in flight with good success, it shines when used in suitable lighting conditions.

Darker conditions that force anything under 1/125 should be supported. I have hand held at 1/250 and even used /125 with 75% hit rate.

In good daylight, this lens just rocks! Very sharp, wonderfully contrasty, no vignetting at any focal length on my 1.6x 30D.

I did oodles of research before buying. ALL competitive lenses in this zoom range from Sigma all have one or more issues that made me more nervous that the price delta warranted.

If you need this long range, you will not be disappointed with this lens!!!