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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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Review Date: Nov 26, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: On an APS camera this is the equivalent of a 420 mm F2.8 lens with IS for less than 400 - it is small and compact, versatile and discreet.
Cons:
None worth mentioning.

I bought this lens second hand purely on impulse because the price was too good a bargain to miss. After having taken a couple of hundred pictures with it, I am amazed and delighted at the quality of the results. I owned a Canon 70-200L F4 lens a couple of years ago and comparing the shots from the two lenses blown up 200% it is really difficult to tell them apart. When I think of the current price for the 70-200L F4 there is really no contest here; the 70-300 wins hands down! Some reviews have claimed that the lens is "soft" wide open at 300mm, but (a) all lenses are a bit soft when pushed to this extent and (b) what do you expect from a 400 optic? In any case, the bottom line is that unless you're doing big enlargements in excess of 20x16 you're not going to notice a little bit of softness at the edges which are removed once you stop down to F8 and beyond. All in all, this is a great lens, very versatile and discreet, and fabulous value for money.