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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

ef70_200_4_1_
Review Date: Jan 24, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $589.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: sharpness, size and weight, build, price
Cons:
giant hood, hunts in low light

I wasn't sure what to expect with this lens, there are a lot of people that say this lens is very sharp and a lot that say they have had back focus issues. I was hoping that it would be at the least as sharp as the 2.8 IS. So far I haven't had any focus problems and my copy is extremely sharp, as sharp or sharper than my 50mm f/1.4. It's also a lot smaller and lighter than I thought it would be. My only complaint is the hood size, wish it was just a bit smaller. It's going to be tough making it fit in my current bag.

Here's the test shots comparing the 70-200mm f4 to my 50mm f1.4

The 50 f1.5:
http://homepage.mac.com/mark_weaver/tests/50mm.jpg

The 70-200 f4:
http://homepage.mac.com/mark_weaver/tests/70-200mm.jpg

Both images were shot using a single strobe

Shutter: 1/200th
Aperture: f8
ISO: 400