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

Review Date: Jul 3, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,399.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Image stabilization is incredible, focusing fast, great length, sharp images except at 400.
Heavy. Pull-Push zoom okay as long as you remember to lock the zoom.

Just tested this lens out in the wilds of British Columbia and wasn't dissappointed. As a novice I wanted to be sure I had all the help I could get and that means the image stabilizer. I use a Canon SLR, hand held on a rocky boat and my images are all sharp. My sister also brought this lens to use with her Canon Digital 30D and it didn't work as well for her-but that could have been her. The lens is heavy and tough to shlep around all day in the wild and harder to hold for long periods. Must remember to tighten the zoom or it slips. Other than that I am amazed at how sharp my images came out and the focal length is great.