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Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM

Review Date: Jan 1, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

Pros: Economical, good zoom range, excellent value for money.
Not L quality, but you get what you pay for.

I bought this lens in 1998 and its major expedition was on safari in Africa. I was very pleased with it then and remain so, it has been my main zoom lens for a while now, although I would like to upgrade to something better this year. I have been pleasantly surprised at how sharp it can be, although much of my shooting involves apertures in the f8 - 16 range. In recent months I have used it with a monopod (I have often used it with a tripod) and the results have been as good as I could have hoped for. It feels a bit 'cheap' but is a great lens for casual outings. Mine has taken a fair bit of punishment over the years but remains in excellent working order and I have been very happy with most of the photos that I have taken with it.