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Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Jun 26, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $6,800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: STUNNING Image Quality, Super Fast Focus, Built Like A Tank,
A Bit Of A Workout To Carry.

As good as it gets in my opinion. This is the best lens I have ever used and it is the crown jewel of my lens collection. It handles both the 1.4 and the 2X converters without any significant loss of quality, almost like THIS was the lens they were made to be used on and every other lens is a compromise. Focus accuracy is spot on. The image quality this lens can produce on my 5D MkII is STUNNING!

For my Birthday my Wife gave me a large check and said this is for that lens you have been dreaming about but will never buy on your own, so now go buy it. I LOVE her VERY much!

Invest in a good mono-pod and a Gitzo Carbon Fiber tripod. I use a RRS Ball Head and a Wimberly Side Kick and the low profile replacement foot. This combination works great for me. When I use the mono-pod (with a RRS Mono-Pod Head) from a fixed location I bring a brand new Home Depot style bucket with me to set the lens down in. I see a lot of guys just set it down on the lens hood on the bare ground but I hate to do that with a lens this expensive. I set it down on the lens hood but inside the clean bucket. It also protects the lens if you knock it over. Obviously if you are hiking you don't bring a bucket but most people will not want to hike with THIS lens.

I find this a versatile lens to own when combined with the two tele-converters. It gives me a 400 f2.8, a 560 f4, and a 800 f5.6. and they all autofocus. The Bokeh this lens produces is so creamy smooth it needs to be seen to believed. The ability to isolate your subjects with this lens is unparalleled.

I could not be any happier with this lens. I don't believe there is a better quality lens made today. If you don't mind the weight get this lens. You will NOT be sorry.