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| p.1 #14 · A big, heavy dose of reality .... |
Steve -- That is a bummer. At least you tried something new. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
I'm with Stan on this. The 28-300L on a heavy 1-series body is an amazing thing! I'll go a step further, and say it's pretty good with 500-series flash (550EX or 580EX).
I started pursuing super-zooms with the oft-maligned EF 28-200 f/3.5-5.6 USM. I found it quite decent, but slow to AF. Still, it was a good, reliable used lens for very little money.
That got me interested in the 35-350L, and despite some nay-saying in older forum remarks and reviews I was researching, I found it a wonderful lens very good AF.
And those lead me to the 28-300L, with enough WA, very fast AF, and the much needed IS.
I like the 15-85 IS on crop (Steve, don't you just love those 18MP bodies!), but sorry to say, I didn't care for the Tamron 17-50/2.8 non-VR on the Nikon D7000. Maybe it was the Nikon, but I got rid of it due to focusing errors and slow AF. The 15-85 has been 100% for me. (I have witnessed some outstanding results from a Canon 18-200 on a 50D, the only occasion I've seen such files on computer.)
So, that's my current super-zoom line-up: 60D with 15-85 IS, and 1Ds2/1D2 with 28-300L.
I've owned two copies of the 28-300 IS and used them on my 5D, 1Ds II and my former xsi. Loved it on each camera. But it ended up being just too damn heavy for me, especially with the 1Ds II, of course. So I gave up on it and have been searching for something with that range in a smaller, lighter body. The closest I've come is the Panasonic 14-140, which I used on my Panasonic GH1 for an effective 28-280. I found its sharpness and renditions to be excellent in most instances. The problem: it's an M4:3 lens for an M4:3 body, which makes it pretty useless at ISO 400 or up ... certainly at ISO 800. But the lower ISOs, a really nice lens. For now, two lenses are going to have to do. I'm fine with that ....