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Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Feb 23, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Clarity, IS, Range, Size
Weight (not too bad), Filter Size, Battery Consumption (again not too bad)

I find the lens a good compromise and it is normally attached to the camera. It's not as wide as I'd like, or has as much reach as I'd like sometimes, but no single lens can do it all.

It's very versatile and I find the IS to effectively allow good handheld shots at surprisingly low shutter speeds (1/8 sec for example). I can get good shots of stationary objects in very dim room light if I up the ISO to 800-1600.

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

Review Date: Oct 19, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Low cost, it's actually quite sharp for me, can handhold reasonably easily due to low weight.
Doesn't feel especially well engineered, zoom action could be smoother/better damped.

I may be lucky and have a good example so I find it hard to believe the poor reviews in general for this lens. I'm no expert but it meets my requirements, and I take into account the limitations. It's a cheap lens and not particularly fast (aperture wise).

Nevertheless, I have taken a number of photos, handheld with not particularly fast shutter speeds, larger apertures, and been very, very pleased with the results. No problems with the autofocus either.