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Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS USM

Review Date: May 10, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $6,900.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Reach,f4,sharp,fast focus,IS ,quality build
Cost,size/weight.... but that's reality.

I previously used the EF 500 4.5 lens to shoot birds. The quality it produced was great even wide open. Huge difference from using the 300/4 IS/ext. combo. Used it mainly on tripod/gimbal but shot handheld for tracking owls in flight. Made the decision to upgrade to the 600 mainly for reach and IS. The weight makes it a little cumbersome to hike with but once setup it's worth it. That extra reach over the 500[which most use with an ext.] is important when shooting the small birds under the usually dim rain forest canopy here in Hawaii.5.6 doesn't cut it. I know the new version is a lot lighter and a little sharper but I'm happy making due with what I have.

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

Review Date: May 10, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,090.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Weather sealed,superb sharpness /contrast even wide open,fast focus/quiet,IS
Cost/ weight but that's reality. Quality throughout outweighs these relatively minor cons.

It's a lens you can depend on to produce exceptional image quality. Should be in everyone's lens arsenal if speed is needed or used with extenders. Work horse range and built tough. I had the non IS version previously and it was sharp but IS is a God send. Always a pleasure to use.Wish all lenses were this good!

Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM

Review Date: May 10, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Good focal range,2.8 IS,sharp even wide open
Build quality not great...dust gets into the front section of elements,lens barrel gets loose,but flair is a major problem with indirect light source

I purchased this lens when it was initially introduced. Great IQ/speed/IS is one of the main reasons why I've kept my crop body. Great for indoor/outdoor available low light shooting. Wish it had more range on the wide end but can't have everything.Thought something was wrong with my copy[picks up a lot of flair through indirect light source] but others have stated the same problem.Still a great lens even with it's flaws.The price has come down dramatically lately.

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM

Review Date: May 9, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $429.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Nice and wide on a crop body,low distortion,quiet//fast focusing,filter size,compact/light weight,decently sharp. A great tool for someone who knows how to use it properly.
Could be sharper but a lens of this focal range is difficult to design. Might check out the Tokina 12-24,it retains better detail of people in a large group.

Had this lens long ago but sold it and made due with my 17-55 IS lens. Recently saw a low used price[9 cond.] and jumped on it. After using it for a shoot I realized how restricted I was using a focal length of only 27mm. Used properly, this lens can create dynamic images of people up close/environment or landscape/seascape with the right foreground subject. It's not as sharp as the 17-55 but it sharpens up nicely. Flare is well controlled unlike the 17-55.
Having a lens this wide takes discipline in not using it at the widest focal length all the time. It's also a life saver when in tight quarters. Great wide range that will allow you to be creative and give you a different look.