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

Review Date: Aug 2, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,419.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness wide open, build

I just got this today. I couldn't pass-up a very good deal on the new piece.
The quick test found satisfactory. I have yet to take it to the paces, but I am happy.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM

Review Date: Jul 21, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $330.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp wide open. Bokeh...

Best bang for buck. With this performance, how can you justify 85mm L which is 5 times the cost of this, just for F1.2 and red ring?

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

Review Date: May 24, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharp wide open, light, built in hood, surprisingly hand holdable even for lower shutter speeds, price
Little long. I now need a new bag to carry it attached...

In spite of having 100-400 in my bag, I went for this lens, just to get those BIFs. My 100-400 is very good for static subjects, but for BIFs I though the AF was bit slower.
Yet to give a complete test ride to 400mm, but in last couple of days whatever it has delivered, I am pleased.
Highly recommended to anyone looking for lens for BIF (alone) and on fence between 100-400 and 400mm. The absence of IS should not be an issue as BIFs need high enough shutter speed.
Some samples from my new lens below. Yes, these are not BIFs, but just to give you an idea.
I think my copy has abit of front focus. I will probably need to run through MFA.

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

Review Date: Oct 4, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $695.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: 1.Sharpest even wide open 2. Light weight 3. Black

After looking at all the reviews, I could not resist myself to add this to my gear. I bought it new. This is one beautiful lens. Solidly built. Very sharp even wide open. Just did a test run for this. Very highly recommendedYou can see the images below.

Tokina 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 AF PRO DX SD

Review Date: Apr 14, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $339.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sharpness, Range, Build Quality, Price, Warranty coverage

Looking at the experience of the people I was worried about getting a bad copy. But to my luck, I received a good copy.
It feels real solid, well built. It is sharp wide open and that's the beauty. @24mm though the sharpness reduces a bit, but that is fine as mostly this will be used towards wide end.
CA is visible, but not an issue as it can be cleaned out during post processing.
I was looking for a UWA and along with Sigma 10-20, Tokina 11-16 I was considering this. I was leaning towards 11-16 and then I saw it was available for the best price.
My "wide" end is now covered. I might miss that 1mm and f2.8 sometimes, but that is ok, I guess.