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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

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Review Date: Dec 23, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,650.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: IS - hand-held sharpness at 1/10 (even though I never shoot for my change at 1/10 it's impressive), low-flare - I shoot rock music, lots of lights...few flares. Despite what others say, I like the weight. And I love the look of it, probably because it does the job that I need it to do.
Cons:
I guess I have no cons. I usually do. I shoot this lens around the house just for fun.

I can't say enough about this lens. I love it so much when it rides in the car, I put a seatbelt on it. It has a place at my dinner table. And it will be in the next family portrait. I could write a song about it.

More to the point. IS is great. Not only for the actual shot but I use it when I'm setting the shot up. I might shoot from 80 to 125 at 200mm and 2.8 (concert venues and lighting) and all my images are smooth, even sharp. I can see the guitarist's pores, and he's 45 feet away with red, blue, green and blue lights dancing around him, and all those different colors show up in a magnificent collage of color, light and music.

Forget the .5 second delay for IS to engage. You won't notice it. And it's effect on my batteries has been negligible.

One thing of note: This lens helped pay for itself the first night that I used it, on the third shot that I took.