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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

Review Date: Nov 28, 2004 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,290.00 | Rating: 2 

Pros: Light, small, good image stabilization, extremely convenient to travel with.
Stiff zoom, poor image quality for the price, lights flare badly at night, so-so fit and finish, expensive. Image quality is the dealbreaker.

While I absolutely loved the convenience of this lens (the reason I purchased it), the image quality wasn't what I'd expected considering the price. It was disappointing enough for me to take it back and buy a 2.8 70-200. Bigger, heavier and certainly less convenient, but at the end of the day, when you're looking at pictures shot, who cares? Either the images have it or they don't. And for me, they just didn't with Canon's "new DO technology." Too bad.