Excerpt: I had held off on spending quite so much for one lens, but after trying cheaper long lenses and being disappointed, I found this one in the used department and decided to go for it. Wow! What a difference.
Excerpt: I bought the lens for wild bird photography. I considered the EF 400 5.6, but I thought I better go with IS. I am a pure amateur hobbyist. I like the portability of the lens. The great close focus (5.9') has been useful in getting images of flowers and insects.
Excerpt: Push-Pull is very quick, just takes time to get used to it. I have had this lens for 3 years. After a year if use I thought this lens was soft on focus. I sent it back to Canon for cleaning and adjustment.
Excerpt: I have had this lens for 10 days and though had a sore forearm for the first two days - since I prefer to shoot "hand-held" - I seem to have found a way to hold camera to my advantage - no sore arm.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Excerpt: I wasn't sure at first if the price of this lens was worth it until I compared it to my other telephoto zoom. I have a 100-300 Canon that's in the $+ range and have used it for several years. The photos taken were pretty sharp and I was pretty happy with it, until I tried out the 100-400.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I just bought this lens again after having mine stolen in Europe. I take this lens where ever I travel. With my trusty 24-105 and this 100 to 400, I have a huge focal range to cover just about any situation. Its a must have for me!
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction