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Canon EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM

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Review Date: Dec 21, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $250.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Ring USM, FTM, weight and size, cost-effective lens
Cons:
Zoom creep (can be bad on some copies), okay glass

I have to give this lens credit, a lot of people bad-mouth it and compare it to L glass - not a fair or accurate comparison. This is an economical telephoto lens with a decent range that performs better than expected. Undoubtedly if you can afford L glass then go for it, but this lens can hold its own, and I have used it on my 1D MkII - not a typical combo, and it has turned out some fantastic shots. For the budget photog or for someone that wants to bring along a cheap telephoto in a high-risk environment, go for it - it is still a Canon lens after all.