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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS

Review Date: Nov 25, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $230.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Light, fairly sharp, inexpenseive, IS works very well...
For the price non really...

Great intermediate lens, IS works well... exceptionally sharp for being a budget lens (no, not near L sharp but its not an L). I plan on using this until 70-200 2.8 L

Metz Metz 54 MZ-3 / MZ-4

Review Date: Oct 12, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $200.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Price, features, great unit
Battery door, what were they thinking ??

Great unit has done everything I have asked it to do... so far very reliable.

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

Review Date: Aug 29, 2008 Recommend? no | Price paid: $179.00 | Rating: 5 

Pros: It is certainly quiet.
CA, very soft...

Bought this new with my 350D then used it when I purchased a 30D. The lens was soft, very very soft above 200 as indicated by others. The CA was there, in a very distracting way when cropping. I just bought a used Tamron 70-300 LD that is very very loud AF compared to Canon but is pretty darn sharp from 70-200 to maybe 250... for the money I would buy the Tamron used, at least its pretty sharp but it too has about the same CA as the Canon (maybe slightly less) but at least the Tamron is decently sharp.

Overall I dont really think this lens (at least my copy) is worth having, not impressed at all... UNLESS you are needing a quiet pretty fast focusing lens that you dont mind being soft. Im really trying not to slam this lens, especially since I love Canon but comparing it to the plastic fantastic, and even the EFS 18-55 it leaves me wondering if Canon could'nt have done better for the price even with a budget lens.

Saving my pennies... someday I will get L glass :-)