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Reviews by Simon S

Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Great build. Image stabilizing is a must. Built like a Tank
Cons
  • Slightly soft at 400mm. Heavy. Attracts attention
There is no better zoom for the Canon than this one!
Focus is fast(but not up to the L primes) and has a useful focus limit switch to prevent the lens focusing nearer than 6.5 meters. This speeds up the focus lock when the lens is trying to get a lock on a moving bird etc.
For best results stopping down to f8-f11 seems to be the sweet spot but the difference is very small.
Used at 100-300 mm the results are very sharp and great colour rendition. If used at the full 400mm the image becomes softer but under good lighting still produces very good results.
Push pull zoom seems a bit odd at first and the locking ring to prevent zoom creep takes a bit of getting used to.
Saying that this is one lens that will stay in my collection a long long time.
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Nice to handle. Great build quality. Good image quality
Cons
  • Small LCD. Noisy shutter. Slightly soft images.
When I first purchased this camera early in 2005 it was a new kid on the block. I bought the camera with the very average 17-55 kit lens. First impressions where the images produced where very soft and lacking in any zing!
More experimenting and the purchase of Tamron\'s excellent 28-75 lens soon showed the true potential of this camera. With a bit of post processing IE unsharp mask the images where far better than my previous Fuji s602.
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