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5.0 out of 5 stars This one is going to spoil you, you won't look at non-L lenses again, 10 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Canon EF 70-200 mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens (Camera)
No buyers remorse with this one. It's always hard to digest the amount you're paying for quality lenses, specially if photography is a hobby but this is one of those situations where the item in question is truly exceptional. Beautiful contrast and colour rendition, and consistently sharp at all focal lengths from centre to corner. Closed to f8, on a tripod, with mirror lock-up, timer or remote and manual focus micro-adjustment, and you're not going to believe the sharpness of this lens. Without these measures it's still ludicrously sharp, it just has to be seen. The IS is relatively silent but works exceptionally well both in horizontal and vertical stabilization mode, and in panning mode. The f4.0 aperture isn't necessarily a problem unless you really need to isolate your subject from the background with the extra plane separation the f2.8 model would provide you, at a cost in money and weight and no extra sharpness - in fact this one seems sharper. The autofocus is fast, 67mm filter diameter so you won't go broke with filters, but don't ruin the lens capabilities with a cheap filter. The weather sealing is a life saver. I'm not necessarily shooting in torrential downpours but more than once i was caught out in the open with inclement weather and it's a relief knowing the lens (and camera) are able to survive the occasional rain. The bokeh is nice, the f2.8 model seems to have a bit of fringing in the highlights, this one doesn't seems to suffer from that problem. The build quality is excellent, it feels solid, and the included hood does its job without becoming loose. The lens focus internally, so the frontal element won't rotate, important if you're using a circular polariser filter, or a graduated neutral density filter.
There however 2 disadvantages, the first one is that being lighter than the f2.8 model it still needs to be well balanced in a tripod to avoid stressing the lens mount and the lens ring is not included. That's an somewhat expensive item, there are cheaper models but after reading some horror stories about the damage done to the lens, i finally got the Canon one. This should've been included, even if it implied an slightly bump in the final price.
The other disadvantage, and an incurable one, is that you're going to be spoilt, you're going to consider L lenses first, and have doubts about non-L lenses from the moment you get this one onwards, you're not going to be able to look at non-L lenses the same way after this.
In short, buy it, it's worth every cent.
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