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

ef28-300_35-56lisu
Review Date: Apr 4, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,600.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: versatility, picture quality
Cons:
weight, accidentally switching of IS and AF settings

I bought this lens as the perfect plane spotting lens, and for that it is really great! I also use it often for "normal" use, but you really draw a lot of attention with it which I normally don't like. Last week I was in Lybia for the solar eclipse, and because I couln't bring my Takahashi telescope, I had to use this lens for picturing the eclipse using my Canon20d. Although 300 mm normally isn't enough for this type of work, the results were so much better than I expected. Better than most people with "real" telescopes. (Focussing margins are very small with these telescopes, I simply stopped down the lens to F16....)
This lens saved my day!! For my next eclipse I might get myself an 600mm Canon L lens.........