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

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Review Date: Apr 14, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: A great all-round lens, sturdy. Great push/pull zoom.
Cons:
Weight, push/pull moves air through even a 1DmkIII.

Well I've had this lens for over 5 years now and I've shot a LOT of photos. I love the push/pull zoom, more-so than the ring type found on other lenses. Its just so quick, easy and intuitive to use.

I've shot a lot of motorsport with it and I have found sometimes that the 300mm is a little too long, especially on a 1.6 crop body (I have a 1.3 crop body too and it can sometimes be a little too long). However, the wider ability is a bonus too because it means less lens-swapping.

The weight of it can be an issue, but I'm a big fella but carrying a 1DmkI, this lens, a 580EX-II flash and separate battery pack around all day ... well the combined weight (of which the lens is most!) can mean your right arm being 2" longer than the other at the end of a day.

Yes I'd recommend it, however I'm finding the f3.5-f5.6 aperture to be a little restrictive, especially indoors. Luckily with the modern bodies you can go quite high in ISO and still get a usable result but with my old Canon D60 anything around ISO-800 was VERY grainy, and if I'd had a 70-200 f2.8 on there instead... well I would have had some better results.

In outdoor conditions this lens is superb. I would not hesitate recommending it. But do go to the gym for some bicep curls before you buy Smile

I normally shoot with a wider 16-35 L II USM lens but I recently did a full day with this 28-300 and I'd forgotten what a JOY it is to use. Quick to focus & zoom, feels great, looks the part, superb.

PS - price of 1200 is GBP as I got it from overseas.