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

Review Date: Jan 25, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $600.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Optics, IS.
Build quality, AF speed, rotating front element.

This lens is a bag of contradictions. On the one hand: the optics are first rate and IS capability is nothing short of amazing. At 300mm I got down to 1/10 with no support and 1/2 while leaning against a car.
On the other hand, it shows it's consumer orientation in the fact that it's build quality is lacking (e.g. 28/1.8 and 85/1.8 are far better) and its AF speed is not as fast as lenses with ring-USM and IF.
Summary: When you consider the price it becomes an unbeatable package.