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

Review Date: Apr 17, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharp, wonderful zoom range, all the usual issues you've heard about in a good lens.
The weight is shocking at first but with this body, it's actually balanced nicely. Still heavy for long hand held shooting and of course the price is stunning too.

For me it's a do all lens for travel, picture hunting, focus speed is wonderful and spot on, and it just feels good. The wide end is impressive when you kick in a fast zoom up to 300mm you see how much play you are afforded in setting up compositions when you're just out hunting for good pictures to capture. It just does it all at a very high level of quality. I was worried when reading all the reviews and it seemed to be dismissed by the pro reviewers, "anything with this zoom range just could not be that good" perspective reeked in their reviews but after a few days of working with it. I'm a happy camper.