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Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

Review Date: Sep 12, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Superb handling and low weight for such a long focal length
Expensive and a tad slow in Low light compared to f4 Super Telephoto lens like 400 or 500mm

This lens is by far the best wildlife lens for Hide/Blind work I own, and also rates high for birds in flight being to my surprise quite hand hold-able.. 4 stops IS is a joy and on a par almost with my 200 f2.. On a Wimberley and solid Tripod. I found the extra reach a real bonus, able to just wait until the action got going and nail some superb shots with a amazing Bokeh..

Focus lock was not quite as good as I would like in low light, but it is 5.6, so has half the light than with a f4 optic. But in my case, with the 1D4 this was not much of a problem with such great ISO performance. Also having gone from a 1D3 to 1D4 the older camera did perform better in lower light in my view.

Only other con is with 800mm you are " looking down a straw " So it will need more work to be able to capture fast moving Targets, and also your long lens technique.. With a shot gun I tend to use two eyes for focus so adapted the use of the other eye so to speak to help to locate the target.. Don't laugh until you try it..

Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM

Review Date: Jul 29, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Superb speed and amazing IQ and bokeh
A tad on the heavy side

Simply superb one of the best lens I own It has 5 stops of IS or at least this is what Canon claim, to the 4 stops of the review?

Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM

Review Date: Mar 4, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Superb IQ and light weight Nothing else to beat it for this alone
Perhaps lacks a tad of contrast easy to fix in PS CS4

Having hired a 500f4 for a day was unable to hand hold this for long and having had heart problems this was key in the 400 DO

There have been a few negative views but the IQ is fabulous and far better than my tip top 100-400 IS So I am delighted with it and works with the 1.4 and together with my 1dmk111 I have at last a perfect combo for BIF

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Jan 27, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: This is one of the best lens I own razor sharp and compares well in it's zoom range with a few primes I have
Tad on the heavy side and the reverse zoom takes a little time to get used to