I've used this lens for just about every type
of shot you can think of. I've done macro, astronomy, sports,
portraits, etc... and it has created sensational shots for every shoot.
Give this to a 5 year old and just let them shoot 20 shots on a tripod
and you'll have a photo worthy of a magazine cover! I'm a newbie (got
my gear in March) and I've already been published in 3 magazines using
shots from this lens on my Canon
Rebel XTi - yeah, it is that good!
Unfortunately I dropped my lens four feet onto concrete after my
backpack accidently came open while in China shooting the Chinese Grand
Prix (for vacation and hobby - not work) but it only suffered minor
damage -[$] to repair via Canon
and the warranty is still in tact. My
only complaints is that it isn't as sharp as the 100-400 and it is
heavy as hell, but it is worth every penny. If you don't need a 2.8 and
can settle for a 4.0 then the 4.0 IS is a better value, has a better IS
and is MUCH sharper. I use the 2.x extender for F1 shooting and it
works great (see the attached F1 shot taken about 100+ meters away and
about 10 meters high in the stands (Section B1 at Shanghai Circuit of a
car on Turn 3 w/ 2x extender)
What else can you say that the other 50+ people havent praising this lens ??
use was at an airshow. Combined with 1.4x teleconverter, and using
"panning" stabilizer mode, got some incredible photos with my EOS 5D.
Photos shown were cropped quite a bit as my 5D is full frame w/no
conversion limiting my focal length to 280mm. Even cropped, image
quality is great as you can see.
Surely not an everyday carry around lens but im sure if your reading this review, your aware of that.
The lens hood and carrying case thrown in by Canon
are a plus. Carrying case actually rivals some high quality aftermarket ones.
This is a great all around lens. With my
EOS 20D and my old
EOS10D I did not always like the 200mm shots in AF mode. However this
was much better when using manual focus only at 200mm. The lens never
gave me a problem and it is used in the field my usual subjects were
trains. I also used the lens with a
2x converter with the same