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Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Dec 6, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 6 

Pros: Inexpensive, light and IS works pretty well for handheld shots.
Slow AF, AF hunting, soft at 300MM.

This is the only long lens that I own so I have little to compare it with. I borrowed a friends 200mm L and at 200mm on a tripod I had a hard time telling the difference but this lens is definitely soft at 300mm. I bought mine used and would have been disappointed if I had paid full price for it but for what I paid I feel that it is a decent lens. If you shoot motion or low light this is probably not the lens you need. It is terribly slow to focus and hunts in low light or backlit situations. I use the manual focus more the half the time because it can't decide what to focus on. The IS makes it pretty good for handheld shots in decent lighting. Living in the Colorado mountains, I am fortunate that we have very bright sunlight! If you can get one used in good condition it has made a good starter lens for me and its shortcomings have shown me a lot about what to look for in a good telephoto/zoom in the future.