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Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

Review Date: Dec 27, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $250.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: very sharp, 2.8L, good price, light
focus is not fast as L lens

As others said, this is poor man's L lens. That is true. It is sharp even at f/2.8. This is my second Tamron lens. My first one is 17-35mm. Both lens are very sharp. This lens focus accurate and fast, but not fast as USM lens. I have Canon 28-135mm IS lens. I will miss the IS and extra 60mm range, but this lens' quality is far better.

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

Review Date: Dec 27, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $550.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Light weight, sharp in all range, very effective IS, black
Average build quality, lens rotate as focus changes, long minimum focus distance, slow focus and hunt

As so many reviews recommend this lens, I choose this one over 70mm-200mm 4L. I was disappointed when I use it the first time. The focus is slow. It is the slowest lens I have so far. It hunts and can't focus in dark or light area in my house. Focus distance is 1.5m, too long when using 70mm. However, I am glad to have IS when I use it next day. I can tell the big difference with IS on and off. It saves me many pictures. Its relative short length also fit in my camera bag very well. Now, I am happy to have it. I recommend people buying this lens for outdoor or large indoor area photography.