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

Review Date: Mar 21, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,500.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp Images, great build quality and Extremely versatile

I have used this lens for 3 months for both Wildlife and Sports photography. I has given me sharp images, some sharper than I had expected for the shooting conditions. The IS, although I leave it switched off most of the time, is a great positive point for this lens. I have "hand held" shots at 400 mm with a shutter speed of 1/30 at F7.1 with acceptable results using the IS. If you are undecided about this lens, just buy it. You'll be very happy that you made the purchase. I've read some poor reviews done on this lens and have analyzed the comments and complaints. I've concluded that most of the negative issues with this lens are "user technique" and not the fault of the lens. A little bit of common sense and some good photographic technique can work for you. If you think that you can take the "impossible" picture just because you spent $1500 on a lens, you're in for disappointment. Use this lens as the fine photographic tool it is, apply good photographic principles, and you'll do very well with it.

Canon EOS 50D

Review Date: May 22, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Solid Camera, Super fast AF, Sharp images, wide ISO setting choices.
None whatsoever

When deciding on a camera purchase, I almost let the "so called" experts' reviews (high noise, etc.) sway me away from the 50D. I feel that most of the negative reviews on the 50D were made under the pretense of theory and not actual experience with the camera itself, with a lot of pre-drawn conclusions (and pixel peeking!). High ISO noise has never been an issue with any of the images that I have taken with the 50D. I generally use an ISO setting of 800 to 3200. Most of my images are normal to low-light wildlife and sports photography. When people see the images that I have taken, the first words out of their mouth is "what kind of camera do you have?" That's enough of an endorsement for me.

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM

Review Date: Mar 23, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $670.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Light Weight, Sharp images, fairly good in low light with higher ISO settings.
None whatsoever!!

Owned this lens for 5 months, cannot say anything negative. Sharp images (WOW), extremely fast focus for sports and moving wildlife photography (with correct camera settings). Fairly adequate in lower light situations, within it's limitations. Light enough to carry all day. Value for price - unbeatable. Have no need for IS with this lens.