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

70-300mm
Review Date: Jan 9, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Sharp, fast accurate focus and great contrast
Cons:
Price and the fact that the tripod collar not included

I purchased this lens 2 weeks ago and am very impressed. For fast, accurate focusing it beats all my other L lenses, the 17-40L. the 24-105L and the 70-200L (non IS). It is the best glass by far that I have purchased. I can't believe how accurate and fast the focusing is. The IS is fabulous - I even have handheld shots in focus at 1/13th of a second.

Only complaint, and it is minor, is that the focus ring and zoom ring are reversed compared to other lenses but you get used to it. The other complaint is that for the price I think a tripod collar should be included.

Its heavy but not as heavy as the 100-400 and for some reason seems better balanced. Highly recommended.


 
Canon EOS 50D

50D_1_
Review Date: Feb 1, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Fast accurate AF, great LCD, Microfocus lens adjustment, IQ, metering
Cons:
battery life, only 9 AF points

I hestitated a long time before buying. I had a 20D that I was happy with plus L Lenses. I was eagerly waiting for this camera and was disappointed that it didn't match the Nikon D300 specs. After owning it for 1 month now and micro focusing adjusting my lenses all I can say is wow - the IQ and resolution is excellent. To me it still is no match for the Nikon D300 but it is an excellent camera capable of taking excellent photos. Only complaint I have is that it eats batteries. I don't seem to get more than 250 photos per battery charge.