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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

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Review Date: Apr 17, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Very light, compact, discreet, good image quality on full frame, very little problem with glare, very portable, excellent for holidays
Cons:
Zooming in and out isn't that smooth, I noticed I can zoom in smoothly if i point the camera down, and zoom out smoothly if i point the camera up, but otherwise its a little sticky. Not weather-sealed

I traded in a 28-300L which had great image quality, but was frankly way too heavy to carry around all the time, so it stayed at home. I decided to PX it and the candidates were a 70-200 f4, a 70-300 L series, or this DO lens. I tried them all back to back, and decided the 70-200 didn't have the range I wanted, and if i wanted optimum quality i'd simply use my 50mm prime or 24-70 L. Having taken a bunch of test shots on the 70-300 L series and DO lens and compared them I honestly couldn't tell much difference. Perhaps the L series was slightly more saturated in terms of the colours, but the sharpness and contrast (as far as my eyes were concerned) were pretty similar. I decided to take a punt on the DO lens which I got for a bargain 500 plus some cash in my pocket with the view of immediately trading up to the L series if it didn't work out. After a few test shots, I'm pretty pleased!

Here's a pic of the moon I took this evening:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39513905@N06/5629452840/in/photostream

Rating reflects price I paid Smile


 
Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM

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Review Date: Dec 13, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Superb optics, stabliser very effective at 300mm, L series contrast and colour, very robust, excellent companion for travel with a 5d Mark II set to auto-ISO and a 50mm f1.8 for low light/crowded places
Cons:
Big and Heavy, there are occassions when i prefer to swap this for a 50mm f1.8, e.g when taking travel picks in a souk/market/heavily crowded area...people tend to be happier posing in front of small lens and get a bit scared of the "big one". Not so great in low light, mainly as you end up using higher ISOs.

I've used a number of large lenses with my 5d Mark II, initially I had a used 35-350L which was great until the internal optics went wrong, fortunately under warranty so I got my money back. I then went for a Sigma 50-500 but it 50mm wasn't wide enough to make it truely versatile, i still had to change lenses occassionally which defeated the objective of having a high quality lens for 90% of occassions while travelling. Also at the long end, anything over 200mm, I quickly realised I needed IS to help me get sharp shots without compromising on ISO too much. So has the 28-300L helped? In a word, "yes!". I was hopeful yet realistic about the aspirations of a one size fits all lens...but this one really delivers. I took it to india and loved the fact I could take high quality pics at all focal lengths, everything pin sharp and with great colour/contrast/detail. The high price was less of an issue for me as I got mine used and px'd a bunch of other lenses. For me the only downside is the shear size and weight...and I managed to get around that by using small domke shoulder bag which just about fits the 5d mk ii + 28-300, plus a small flash and a 50mm f1.8...suprisingly portable once its all packed up - made it brillian for my trip to india. Only time's I didn't use it were at night time or in very crowded places where I didn't want to show everyone what a nice lens I had...for those times I used the 50mm f1.8. Check out some pics here, people seem to like the taj mahal ones in particular: http://www.flickr.com/photos/39513905@N06/sets/72157625520846842/

 
Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM

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Review Date: Jun 8, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Versatile, Great Colour & Contrast, Great on full frame 5d mk ii (and making use of higher iso to counter lack of IS). Etheral quality to landscape photos
Cons:
Not really a concern for me, but not as sharp as a prime lens

I love this lens.

Some say its heavy, but it depends what you're used to...its not really that different to any of the high quality L lenses.

I've used this lens to great effect in two completely different applications:

Lake District...captured some really beautiful pics with a wonderful etheral quality that was missing from my cousins 24-70, 70-200 combo...the latter lenses are definitely sharper, but the 35-350L turned in much more film like performance with great tones and colours...I prefer these over the razor sharp but perhaps somewhat synthentic look that the 24-70 & 70-200. With the 35-350L you get a more sutble look, great colour etc.

A gig! Yes, my cousin is in an up and coming band and so I got the chance to shoot some shots under low light conditions in a small venue (about 100 guests)...pics came out great - I used live view + contrast detect auto focus, it was great to get intimate shots without getting in the way of the band/audience. I also used a 50mm f1.8, the focusing on this was not great...I preferred the 35-350 which surprised me. Check out these:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39513905@N06/sets/72157622736555853/show/

All in all, I'm very happy with this lens - you just need to learn how best to use it, but once you do its a keeper