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

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Review Date: Mar 31, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,900.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Build and image quality
Cons:
Sucks dust into the body. Heavy, not tack sharp at large aperatures.

I use this lens at music festivals during the day. 1 body with a 16-35 and one body with the 28-300 for walking around during day light. At night I swap this for the 70-200 2.8 and 28-70 2.8.

I shot a music festival on a beach and sucked in more sand than you could imagine over the course of 3 days.

The quality I can get without having to change lenses and lighten the load on my back when walking for miles for several days on end is beneficial. I think the 70-200 is still always going to be the defacto standard for the best zoom lens, but this is a close second. I actually like the pump focus/zoom. I find it easier to compose and focus thana standard 2 barrel twist.

I would definitely recommend this lens if you are going to be shooting during the day and want to minimize the # of lenses that you are going to carry. I am looking forward to using this with the new range of ISO that my 5D MKII's can achieve.