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

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Review Date: Apr 8, 2009 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Cheap, light, sharp at the wide end.
Cons:
Soft with CA beyond about 200mm, slow max aperture, average AF, no IS.

I owned one for about 9 years. Optically I thought mine was pretty good between 70mm and about 200mm; sharp, ok contrast and colours. Shots wide open at max zoom were very soft, and in a high contrast scene the CA was terrible. Having said all that I have taken a few nice pics with this lens and it's the lens I used the most.

Probably my biggest gripe was the slow/picky AF (particularly in AI servo when compared to a ring USM lens). A slow max aperture and no IS also makes it pretty poor in low light... but hey you get what you pay for. Price on the used market is now really low so they can be good value.

If you can get a good copy and work within it's limits I reckon these lenses are ok... having said that I no longer own one Smile