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

Review Date: Mar 16, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: The Canon EF 70-300 f4-5.6 IS USM is a great "newbie" affordable lens that would grow with your skills and performs as well.
I have seen images taken by an "L" lens.The 70-300 IS USM produced images that are comparably sharp and contrasty but lack the "L" punch in color and sharpness as others observed. I don't like the way the lens "extends" to 300mm...seeing it how "plasticky" and cheap this lens is buillt. But I'm not complaining...I'm good with its performance overall.

Your pictures are only as good as your lens. As a photo enthusiast, I started out with a Canon 350D's kit lens 18-55mm then grabbed a 50mm F1.8 II affordable lens... and as I get agrressive and more excited in these crazy lens madness, I needed to upgrade to better, more expensive lenses. Other people say, why buy the more affordable lenses when you know you will only purchase the better ones in the future... you might as well just purchase the better ones now." But I can't and thought of getting a learning "practical" zoom lens.

An advise was given to me that "the problem with SOME (not all) of the more affordable lenses is that they will have poor picture quality. There are some that are great though. So this is where research comes in. It's important to choose affordable lenses that perform well." He advised me to get the Canon 70-200mm f4L lens. I tried this lens and it was AMAZING! I got confused getting between the Canon 70-200 f4L and the 70-300 f4-5-6 IS USM. I needed a light-weight, affordable zoom lens and IS that will help avoid "camera shake" or my problems in hand stabilization Sad. Got the 70-300 IS USM and so far images it took aren't that bad. It took great outdoor images of my family and shared it with friends and thought I was a professional LoL...It felt good as an amateur. Images are very sharp and colours are accurate. As for a learning enthusiast like me, this lens produced good quality images. Its a matter of how you capture images and create that "photographer's eye". The Canon EF 70-300 f4-5.6 IS USM is a great "newbie" lens that would grow with your skills. Hopefully I can afford an "L" soon Smile