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Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

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Review Date: Nov 22, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $830.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Affordable, lightweight, small in size, sharp image
Cons:
No IS, no weather seal

I've just downgraded from EF70-200mm F/2.8L IS USM to EF70-200mm F/4L IS USM due to the size and weight of the former lens. But this move means I have to sacrifice a stop of speed and bokeh. Since I also own EF135mm F/2L USM and like the image quality so much so I gave EF200mm F/2.8L II USM a try. Though it might not be as sharp as its sibling, but the image quality is rated considerably very high, and definitely won EF70-200mm F/2.8L IS USM.

I like the lens because it's black in colour, less attractive to the surrounding people. When lens hood is not in used, it looks just like another fast standard zoom lens. If you often shoot at 200mm on a 70-200mm, this could be your alternative. Priced slightly more expensive than the EF70-200mm F/4L USM, and almost half of the EF70-200mm F/2.8L USM, I think it's a great value lens.

More write-ups about this lens at my site:

http://zeytee.blogspot.com/2008/11/ef200mm-f28l-ii-usm.html


 
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

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Review Date: Apr 25, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Lightweight, sharp, fast, built-in lens hood.
Cons:
2-stop IS

It's my first L prime lens and as usual, it doesn't disappoint me. In terms of image quality, it's really good even at wide open. And the result improves even more as you stop down to F/8. Perhaps I'm lucky that I got a sharp copy. AF speed is reasonable on my EOS350D, and it's much faster on the EOS30D (applies to any other lens as well). The supplied tripod collar allows me to mount it on a monopod for a steady yet versatile shooting. It'll be better if the lens is equipped with the new 4-stop IS, or at least the 3-stop IS mechanism.

In future if I require a longer focal length, I might consider the 1.4X TC. I think it shouldn't be a main concern if it's used outdoor for motorsports or birding.

There are a few sample bird photos taken with this lens at Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. Mind you, it's my first time shooting birds, so it's considered an amateur shots.

http://www.pbase.com/zey/kl_bird_park