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Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM

Review Date: Jul 6, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,200.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Versatility, sharpness, well built, fast focusing, did I mention versatility?
It is heavy, but is still hand holdable.

Some people have complained about the push-pull; I like it - it just takes a little practice to get used to.

What sold me is the versatility. I travel to a lot of wilderness areas and am frequently switching between panoramic landscape shots and shooting animals at a distance. Now I can switch at a moments notice. This lens also means I can do both even in dusty or misty environments without worrying about getting dust, etc. in the camera during a lens switch. The lens may be heavier than some, but it weighs a lot less than all the lenses it would take to cover the same range at the same quality. The quality of the images has been excellent. My photos have been sharp and the bokeh on my portrait mode shots has been very nice. The IS is good enough that a tripod is not necessary for most shots - saving even more weight on a hike. This lens will be on my camera 90+ percent of the time.