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

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Review Date: Jul 5, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $170.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Range, reach, stabilization, bang for the buck
Cons:
Slow (f/4 best), not real sharp, especially at the long end

I bought this last November at Ritz for 169.95, I just checked the receipt...again! Use it to shoot indoors from the back of a church and take pictures of persons on stage (head shots). With a tripod and a little luck, I get outstanding results for a consumer grade lens.

Have used it outdoors for rugby games ( in Phoenix AZ) and it works very well with good light. Under cloudy skies, it hunts a bit to focus and it is slow. Pictures are very good, though.

This is a lens for amateurs, not pros. It is very good value for the money, but not the best pictures you can get. With the stabilization and autofocus, this lens made me, an amateur, look good.

Consider this lens a stepping stone into your future. Very good results for an amateur, and will point up the reasons that you really may need to go to "L" glass.

Note: Looking at the prices others paid, I think that the Ritz retail store may have mis-marked the price on this lens for me. This was a great deal for me, but if you paid twice the price, I would have to think again. Yes, I do have the IS USM lens.


 
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

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Review Date: Jul 5, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $429.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Price, Image Stabilization, good walk-around lens
Cons:
Not "L" glass, low contrast focus

This is not an "L" glass lens. So don't expect outstanding photos, just great ones. If this lens doesn't push you to "L" glass, nothing will. With the light weight and good range for a walk-around lens, you will have this on your camera much of the time. If you appreciate the quality of this lens, "L" glass is in your future. If not, you have not spent a lot of money to find out.

The IS feature allowed me to shoot a building at 9:00PM lit with incansdescent light in back of a reflecting lake, hand held ( 1 second). The picture was incredibly clear (not perfect). The quality of the pictures with this lens compared to the 300D kit lens is dramatically better. This lens is a great value for the money. My lens doesn't focus well in low contrast situations, though. But you can use it in manual mode and it works fine.

While not a professional lens, most prosumers will like this lens a lot!