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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Feb 3, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: weight, IS
Lens extends very long when zoomed in. The AF system hunts a lot even in bright lighting.

I bought this lens because I needed to take sports pictures of track and cross country meets. It has not let me down outdoors. This lens takes tack sharp pictures outdoors. Indoors not so much. The IS is kinda a waste because if your shooting outdoors most of the time you dont need it. There is enough available light and you dont need to slow down the shutter speed to compensate for any low light situation outdoors. I bought this lens because I thought the IS would compensate for the f/4-5.6 indoors. I was wrong. Even if you use the IS indoors and you slow your shutter speed down your not going to get a good shot because of the f/5.6. I am going to upgrade to the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS as soon as I get the money.

In conclusion this lens is VERY good for outdoor photography. (I say VERY meaning ALMOST as good as "L" series. Not quite.) It struggles in indoor and low light situations. Although I should have already guessed that from its specs. Smile