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

Review Date: Feb 7, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: 3-stop IS, Image Quality
no FTM/Ring USM

IS is extraordinary !! I can hand hold 1/25 at 300mm and get sharp images.

IQ-wise is good as long as you step down 1 stop. It is a little soft at 300mm but from 70-200 is great.

As I mention about no FTM + no Ring USM, however I find the focusing ring quite usable. Focus hunts abit at low light but outdoor it snaps right on.

I find the build quality above average. Can't compare with any "L" but it's much better than my 24-85 or the old 75-300.

It is priced the same as the 70-200/F4, but I chose this only the F4 because of the IS. But priced at close to 1k, it should have included the $65 hood Sad

Mine has 4 as the 3rd serial digit from the right, I find no zoom-crep at all. Maybe Canon improved their QA ??

*Highly recommanded*