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Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

ef300mmf_4_1_
Review Date: Jun 12, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00

 
Pros: SHARP-SHARP lens! Beautiful colors
Cons:
Still an F4 and needs a longer minimal focus distance choice like 6 meters.

I bought this lens 2 years ago to use for football and has returned fabulous images and prefer to use this more than my 70-200 2.8L lens! The IS will let me use it down to 1/160 sec (reliably) and 1/125( if necessary) handheld. if you must have a telephoto prime and cannot afford a 300 2.8L, get this one and you will not be dissapointed.

The only downside is in many lowlight situations where you need the shutter speed, the F4 is fast enough. Also, needs a longer minimal focusing distance choice; 6 meters.


 
Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 XR Di Zoom AF

28-75mm
Review Date: Dec 22, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $399.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: SHARP optics even when wide open . Lightweight and a 2.8! Never had it hunt in low light.
Cons:
Slow in focusing for sports

I bought this lens to replace my Tokina 28-70 2.8 after it dropped during a basketball game. I was extremely impressed with the optics of the Tamron but disliked it being slow to focus for sports. For weddings, I've never had it let me down. Sold my Canon 28-135 IS lens which was far softer than the 28-75.

Despite being slow focusing for sports, I highly recommend this lens for anyone who wants to step away from the kit ens and cannot afford the Canon L-Series glass.