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Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM

Review Date: Jun 16, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,060.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Fast, Sharp
Hood, well maybe you can't make it a con since they don't supply any.

I was looking for a wide lens for in-door sports. Could have chosen a prime wanted a zoom for basketball.
I'm not against 3rd party lenses when they will do what I want of them. So, looked at the Sigma and the Tamron. The Tamron is a nice lens but compared to the Canon 17-55mm IS. But the Canon, I feel, did a better job in quality and there wasn't even a contest with focus speed.
If focus speed is a concern then the Canon 17-55 IS is the only choice even if it cost $400 more.
Of course you always have the Canon 16-35 but budget played a part in looking at this lens.

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

Review Date: Jul 13, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Good color, very sharp for the price. IS works great.
Plastic body, but had own this lens for almost 10 months and still seems to work like new, Doesn't take converter very well.

I gave this lens a nine, because I feel everything is not perfect and this is true with this lens.
If you test this lens against L-glass or a prime this this will not compete. But test this against other lens in this zoom range and it is hands above them. I have owned one other of the competitors lens.
I shot one week-end with the competitors lens. Went on a Sunday to a local shop and bought this lens. That's why the
higher price. Have not been disappointed, even paying extra.
Have shot high school track, boat races on the Ohio River, and went to the races with it.