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

Review Date: Oct 16, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $649.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: New IS is awesome. Sharp pictures wide open. Focus accuracy VERY good. Good telephoto range. Focus speed better than expected.
Front lens element rotates when focusing, no full time manual focus.

Much sharper than I expected, at both 70mm and 300mm, as well as wide open. The new IS is just AWESOME. I got good very useable shots at 300mm at 1/50 of a second. Focuses faster than I expected, and the focus is VERY accurate. Almost no missed focus.

Again, the 3rd gen IS is fantastic. I even got a useable shot at 100mm at 1/8th of a second. This lens kicks butt, and I am much happier with this than the 70-200 F4 L that I had for a few days. It had terrible focus accuracy on my 20D. Perhaps Canon is beginning to optimize their new lenses for digital cameras, because this lens is just fantastic.