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

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Review Date: Oct 9, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,000.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: This lens is well built and the IS works really well and better than my other IS lens. The lens produces very sharp images through its zoom range
Cons:
The lens is heavy and the push pull focus takes getting used to and can be annoying in so far as carrying mounted on the camera because if you do not tighten it up, it continually extends. Tightening it up though makes it harder to use in a pinch.

This lens is really quite nice and if you buy into it understanding it is heavy then it lives up to the rest of its specs and actually perfoms better than other F3.5/5.6 lenses I have used. (comparison based on F-mount lenses, not Canon lenses)

One thing I found interesting is that it has a problem with the Nikon CP I used on it. Light was getting trapped between the CP and Lenses and creating out a very washed out look on my images that zapped all the life out of them. I have ordered a new CP and will see if this one works better.

The Push pull zoom is ok when you are in shooting position, one just needs to adjust the friction to their liking. A negative as mentione din the Cons is that unless you tighten up the friction when you are ready to walk around or move to another position, the lens will fully extend.

I have not found any distortion at its wide end of 28MM and very little softness at its longer end, again this is one of the cleanest long zoom range lenses I have used and it works great on a 5D.