Why Stock Photos?
The short answer is that we use stock photos on some listings to save us time and to save you money. The longer answer is that we love to take photos of each and every lens, camera, and accessory, but doing so takes a lot of time and makes it difficult to get everything listed. So, we decided to compromise: take gorgeous photos of some things and charge a little more for them, and use stock photos for other items and charge a little less for those, all else equal.
The items listed here were tested thoroughly by our trained technicians. If they observed any significant flaws, you’ll see them detailed above. If the items listed here are exceptionally awesome, you’ll see that noted above too. Regardless, please remember this is a used item and it’s bound to have at least a microscopic imperfection.
If you're interested in purchasing an item with specific photos and ratings, we don’t blame you one bit. Please visit one of our specific product listings (if available), usually marked with a serial number. If none are currently available, by all means, contact us.
The Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Canon's most flexible super zoom has very good sharpness, especially stopped down one stop from wide open. Its reasonably light weight and Image Stabilization allow it to be handheld in decent lighting. The wide zoom range maximizes shooting opportunity without changing lenses. The Canon 100-400mm is a "telescoping" (a.k.a. push-pull) zoom which takes a little adjustment if you haven't used one before.
This is a compromise lens. It's not quite as sharp as the 300 and 400mm primes and has a telescoping zoom which some people don't like. Personally, I appreciate this feature since it's faster to zoom. The Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II is sharper than this lens from 100-200mm. Trip after trip, however, I pack up 2 or 3 "best possible" lenses only to unpack them and put a 100-400mm in my bag. This is because, although it's a compromise, it's a very good compromise. It's nearly as sharp as the primes and far sharper than a consumer lens. The huge range means getting the shot framed just right and not having to change lenses, and it's relatively small and easy to shoot hand-held.
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