Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/12/27

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Subject: [Leica] Canon 800mm IS
From: wildlightphoto at (
Date: Sat Dec 27 07:57:05 2008

Leonard Taupier wrote:

>This lens is getting glowing reviews from the Fred Miranda site. 

I'm beginning to question the value of user reviews particularly where the 
user's quality standard, techniques and intended use are unknowns and may 
differ from mine.

An example is the user reviews of the EF 24mm f/1.4 L on FM and B&H where it 
seems many are awed by the fast aperture and are willing to forgive weaker 
image quality at the faster apertures and the expectation of cherry-picking 
dealer's (or importer's) stock to find one of the better samples, and give 
the lens a very high rating.

At any rate I expect that with the right conditions and technique the 800mmm 
f/5.6 IS can deliver much more than the sample photos demonstrated.

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