Pros Focal Length, ease of use- push/pull is very intuitive and smooth.
Cons There is a learning curve with this lens! Not weatherized.
Summary If you want a 400mm+ lens that features image stabilization and you can fairly easily carry- without another mortgage on the house- you should consider the Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. It does take some getting used to with it's push-pull zoom function, but once you do get the feel for it- you will appreciate it's ease of use.
This lens isn't the fastest lens around, and it has the older stabilization system- so you do sacrifice a little with this lens. However- it is thousands less than many of it's competitors, so you should expect to "give a little."
Ultimately, this lens is a lot of fun to use, and it can really reach out there and get photos that would otherwise require a lot of crop. So, if you have the opportunity to get out there and play with this lens- you won't believe how it will bring a smile to your face!
Pros Incredible focal range
Cons None noted.
Summary Don't be intimidated by the size and weight of this lens. The capability and durability of this lens will far surpass anything else in its class. Whether shooting action (sports, cars, aircraft) or slower moving subjects (birds and animals) this lens will deliver.
Pros Good zoom range, USM focusing, Image Stabilization
Cons weight, size
Summary Love the lens, but often don't bring it with me due to size & weight. I am a Navy FA-18 pilot, so large lenses in the cockpit are very unwieldy / impractical. I have a 75-300mm zoom from CANON which has diffractive optics for smaller size & that's about the biggest I can use while airborne. This lens is great - but for a small fraction of niche photographs.
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