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Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM

Review Date: Feb 24, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Remarkable sharpness, saturation and contrast. Really, really fast AF.
Really, none. It's a big, heavy expensive hunk of glass that does what no other lens can do. Takes a bit of getting used to, but what lens doesn't?

I wanted long glass for shooting World Cup Nordic Combined, Soccer, Football, and other sports for newspaper and magazine distribution. So speed and image quality both matter to me.

This lens, stuck on my 1D III, gives me the best kit for any long lens sports shooting job, allowing for fast shutter in most conditions without boosting ISO inordinately. Will take a 1.4X very nicely, too.

As far as image quality goes, compared to any other lens, this prime at this length simply cannot be beat. You really have to shoot one of these things to appreciate them. Both the 300mm and the 400mm version of the Canon 2.8 L IS prime lens totally kick it.

The AF is has a reputation for speed, and justifiably so. Nature and bird shooters as well as sports photogs will really love the AF response, and the ability to acquire subject almost instantly.

This is a top end bit of gear, very expensive, but I really look forward to shooting it every chance I get. A real pleasure to work with.