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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

Review Date: Jun 23, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,399.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Zoom range, build quality, look and feel.
No tripod mount supplied, funky placement of zoom ring.

I've been using a Canon 17-40 f/4L and a Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L lens for some time. Used to have a Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L IS and the Canon 100-400 L IS. Sold the two big while lenses a couple years ago and ever since have missed having telephoto capability. I was torn between this lens and the 70-200 f/4 L IS and finally decided the extra 100mm would be nice. I am soooooo glad I got this 70-300. Have only had it a couple days, but the shots I've taken, all hand-held, have been far beyond what I'd expected. We attended a church picnic on Saturday and I was able to take great hand-held shots even as the sun was going down. The IS worked great; focusing was instant, spot on, and silent.

I'd heartily recommend this lens to anyone on the fence about getting one!

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Mar 27, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very sharp, quite accurate color rendition.
None, really!

I've had this great macro lens for several years. In fact, I bought it when I had purchased my 10D brand new - that ought to give you an idea how long I've had the lens! Kept it through several body upgrades (camera, not me!) - 20D, 40D, 50D, and now using it on my 7D.

It is used 95% for photography of classic postage stamps, with a couple of flower close-ups thrown in. I use this lens on a tripod in combination with the Canon MR-14EX Macro Ringlite flash. It does a superb job with the colors and very shallow depth of field I require. I take 100 - 200 macro photos per week, and have done so ever since purchasing it, so it certainly has several thousands of shots - it still works as well as the day it was brand new.

Can't speak for how well it may or may not work as a portrait lens, but for macro work it does a really great job. Highly recommended.

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

Review Date: Aug 17, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,400.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Optical sharpness, wide zoom range, 77mm filter size. Quick AF.
Price. It be heavy!

I've had this lens for a tad over a month and so far I love it. While spending $1,400 for "yet another lens..." makes for some domestic tension, I wlll say that my wife has been very impressed with the photos I've produced with it. I have several other L series lenses and the 77mm filters I bought fit 'em all - that's nice. Yes, it is heavy, and not something you'll want on the camera ALL the time, unless you've got muscles like our CA governator. But, after all, it does have a wide zoom range and the IS works very well. Further, my experience has been that the AF is quite fast when using the lens on my 10D.

Two weekends ago we went camping up the CA coast at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. We ran into several groups (herds?) of Roosevelt Elk and I was able to grab some very, very nice shots of them using it hand-held at 400mm on an overcast/foggy day - you don't want to approach those animals too close. We're heading up to Lassen Volcanic National Park this weekend and most definately will be taking this lens up to the top of Lassen Peak with me.

Bottom line - is it as good as several primes? Maybe, maybe not - but I have neither the money for them nor the room in my camera bag for them, so yes, I would recommend this lens.