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

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Review Date: Sep 28, 2006 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: Light weight, low price, good image quality, IS
Cons:
Front element turns during focus, thus not convenient for CPL and gradient filters. Poor built quality (well, this make it a cheaper and lighter lens).

I bought this lens 2 months ago. I am using 30D. Before this lens, I already have two Tamron lens, i.e. 17-35 and 28-75. So you can see my gear selections are not top rated, but are good for value, at least in my point of view.

I was making a choice between this lens and the 70-200mm f/4L USM which the price is around the same level. While I believe I would like to hand hold my camera in most cases, I finally considered an IS is preferred to an "L". Up to now, no regret.

The IS is definitely a plus, especially in the long end and when the max aperture is still too small in lower light environment. In good light outdoor condition, I don't think I can tell the difference between the IQ produced by a professional L lens and this consumer lens, though I did not make a real comparison yet.

Having said that, the lens built quality is poor. It is too plastic and it seems that dust can go into the lens when you zoom in and out.

For budget user who want to have a good value tele lens, I strongly recommend the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM.


 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

70-300_isusm
Review Date: Sep 6, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Light weight compared with L lens; reasonable price; IS
Cons:
Front ring rotates when focusing; plastic built; look very long when fully extended.