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Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM

ef28-300_35-56lisu
Review Date: Jun 15, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,500.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Excellent IS, very sharp for such a big zoom range, very fast AF
Cons:
Price, some problems with high contrast (extremely bright daylight) shots, people gawking at it (when pulled out at 300mm)

I have used this lens since Nov 2004, and I usually only carry this lens. It does everything I need it to do, from product shots to portraits to sports/action. I really love this lens, and it's on my 1DmkII about 99% of the time. I almost sold my 24-70mm because of the IS alone, since I take a lot of shots hand-held (hate tripods). IS on this lens is excellent! Can't believe how sharp the shots are.

I think that for sports it is an excellent lens. I have taken many football games with this lens, and the 300mm range is damn good and sharp. Only problem is for fast paced sports like volleyball, where the ring-type focus of the 70-200mm helps. However, for motorsports, football, soccer, etc, this lens can capture the action from up close and from far away. Love it!

Only had a few problems shooting in very very bright sunlight. There were a few contrast problems. Otherwise, very sharp, no CA problems whatsoever.

I highly recommend this lens!!