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Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: Dec 13, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Super sharp + the range, oh the range!
Huge, heavy and draws a lot of attention

My Precious! My Precious!
-Bought this new as the mark II came into the stores and I'm not regretting the decision. I knew it was a great lens. I can't imagine the mark II being that much better, and the price I paid for this lens was about half that of the mark II.
-It's amazingly sharp! If you get within 100 feet you'll get astonishing details! You can do portraits of people from up to 150 feet.
-Took a picture of the coastal steamer from the shoreline at about 1500 feet and recognized a friend of mine on the deck!
-Very decent pictures of people from as far as 600 feet, but if you get within 300 feet you get a lot more keepers. Birds, football players, celebrities, my dog, you name it!
-I love the sound of the IS churning, too. And it's ready to shoot in no-time.
-It's a specialist lens, though. It's not the kind of lens you just slap on and start shooting with. It's made me suspicious of people. Anyone could be a thief trying to steal My Precious away from me! So I end up taking it with me less than I would have if it were not worth as much as a decent used car. Maybe I'm overly careful, but better safe than sorry!

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

Review Date: Dec 13, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $880.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp, solid, cheap (It's a great L-lens) and black
Nope, not really

I have used this lens extensively for candid downtown shots and I'm amazed at the quality of the images. ItŠ's black and rather average-looking, so nobody cares where I pioint it.
Have taken pictures at 50+ metres that I've kept! Took some of my nephew from 40 metres out. Great candids that my sister framed and put on the wall in the living room.
This lens takes a 1,4 extender with little problem.
Highly recommended!