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

Review Date: Dec 14, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Light. Sharp. IS. Black.
Black. Build quality. Lack of hood and a pain in the @$$ to find one! Why can't Canon make it compatible with the 75-300 hood? or the 100mm f/2?

Skeptical. Honestly, when my favourite salesman mentioned this lens in the same breath as 100-400L and 70-200 f/4, I thought he had inhaled too many chemicals in the darkroom. Just to humour him, I played around with one in his shop and basically said something about pigs flying before I shelled out 760 US for flimsy lens like that.

I checked out the review forum here (a must before any purchase) and went out and ordered a siding of fries to go with those hard words I now had to eat.

Very nice lens. Bye, bye 70-200 f/4. I hate to say it, but this gives me better results than my (former) all time favourite lens. Sharp, light, inconspicous and fantastic IS make it a winner.

I just don't understand the hood thing. Honestly, why do they have to make an exclusive hood? don't tell me it needs to be different than the 75-300? Surely... Anyway, I bought it and ordered a hood. Almost one month later, not even Canon can give me one! Whats up with that?

Highly recommended