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Sigma 300-800mm f5.6 EX IF APO HSM

Review Date: Nov 26, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Range & reach
Construction, no IS

I had this lens as a loaner for about a week this summer. Coming from a series of Canon L-series lenses, I was a bit disappointed with the quality of it. But just a bit. Still I have to say - the amazing zoom range and focal lenght of this monster makes up for all the flaws it has!

Some sample images, taken with 1D MII:

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Nov 14, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Small and light compared to the longer "supertele" lineup, extreamly sharp even with extenders

Probably one of the best (Canon) lenses ever produced. Although I sold mine about 6 months ago for the 500 f4 because I just needed the longer reach and didn't have a budget to keep the two, I most certainly will buy one again someday.

Some image samples with 1.4x II TC:

And with 2x II TC:

Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Nov 13, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Build, weather proof, not too heavy

My best lens so far. Excellent color rendition and sharpness with both the 1.4 and 2x extenders. Fast and accurate. Gets a little heavy when carrying it for longer distances, but a good backpack will help you out there. Upgraded from EF 300 2.8, a great lens too, and never looked back!

Some sample images with the 1.4 II TC and 1D MIII: