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

70-300_isusm
Review Date: Jan 15, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sharp, Cheap compared to alternative, Great Zoom Lock adn 3rd Gen IS works very well.
Cons:
Very loud IS operation, Cheap Build Quality, Barrel extends out to a ridiculous distance

Very very sharp for a consumer lens. Yes even at 300mm Light weight and compact when compared to the 'L' Zooms. BUT...what the hell is going on with that IS?????? I can't believe how loud that is. I have the 24-105 F4L IS and the 17-85 4-5.6 IS and they are probably 1/3 as loud!!! However, I will put up with the noise and the cheapo build quality for what is a fantastic lens optically with fantatstic 3rd Gen IS that does exactly what its supposed to do!

Overall I have to say this Lens is a breath of fresh air. Prior to this I had resigned myself to having to get one of this big white...please don't mug me....no..no I'm not with the media...white L Zoom's! In addition to signing up to the gym so I could actually carry one around without getting a hernia!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED