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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

Review Date: Oct 29, 2004 Recommend? no | Price paid: $1,200.00 | Rating: 4 

Pros: Size, weight, good IS and focusing.
Price, image quality, price, image quality and price.

I REALLY wanted to like this lens. The size and range make it a great walking-around lens for travel photography. And the IS adds to the versatility. But . . .

If Canon wants to price a lens like an L lens, then it should have L lens image quality, and this lens doesn't. I shot this lens on a tripod and matched it up against my 35-350 L and my 28-135 IS. The 35-350 was clearly superior optically. And most of the images from the 70-300 were no sharper than those from the 28-135, a $400 lens.

I'm surprised at the number of reviews here that call this a great lens while admitting the image quality doesn't match the price. Sure, you can improve the soft images in Photoshop, but photos from a lens in this price range shouldn't require much improvement. This would be a great lens at half the price. Mine went back to the store.