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

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

Pros: Excellent lens, good for low light.
On the heavy side, but when travelling I take my EF 85 f1.8 instead.

I looked at all of Canon's 70-200 L lenses. I liked the 70-200 f2.8 L IS the best. I sometimes use the 1.4X extender with it.

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

Review Date: Sep 7, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: "L" glass, long zoom range, high quality, takes Canon extenders 1.4X and 2X. Push-pull zoom. (I don't mind this.)
Light colour draws attention. Large size at 400mm. Would like a built-in sliding lens hood.

I exchanged a 70-300 DO IS zoom for this one. Although the 70-300 DO is a good lens, I feel that for $400.00 more Canadian dollars I have better value and quality with the 100-400 L IS. I use a Canon 10D and Elan 7e.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

Review Date: Aug 13, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,900.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Rear lens element does not move when zooming or focusing, acts like a seal to keep dust away from camera's sensor. Much lighter and smaller than my favourite 100-400L IS. Black colour, 58mm filter size. Comes with lens hood and soft case. Works quite well with Canon 500D close up lens.
It seems to me that the price could be lower. If you're first in line, you usually pay more! Unable to use Canon extenders with it.

This is an excellent walk-around and travel lens. Carry it with you all day. You will get more photos with this one! Much more discreet (stealthy?) than a white L lens. As for sharpness issues, to me it looks the same at f 8 as a 70-200L IS, in the centre. I use a Canon 10D. In a digital workflow, USM is used for any lens, L included.