I am seriously considering buying the Canon 300mm f4 USM L lens, but if I wait a few days I might be able to pick up the IS version for the same price, I will be adding the Kenko 1.4 DXG teleconverter for extra reach. I know from trolling forums and reviews that both lenses are awesome (thanks gsgary for posting a few pics in my other thread...sold), with the non-IS being slightly sharper if you really wanted to get into nit picking, and they both work really well with that teleconverter with little image degradation. I live in a region with lots of surfing/kite surfing action but I want to be sure this combo will have the reach in most situations??? I have done my homework, I am committed to buy, even have permission from the Mrs :thumbup:. Am I missing a better combo, without taking out a 2nd mortgage? Total cost would be about $1300 NZ (about $900 US).