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

Review Date: Jun 30, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,050.00 | Rating: 9 


This lens produces extremely sharp photos if used properly, even with no post processing. Plentiful light will increase your keepers, as well as increasing iso (using a 30d, it was amazing that pictures were still acceptable at ISO speeds of 800 to 1600). It is second to none in size relative to other lenses of its range, a very stealth lens, and convenient. I love how far I can shoot from, and the closeup pics I can get. This lens is for people who put a premium on convenience and can afford it, you WILL appreciate its size. If you don't have the money to spend or want the best value for a lens, look somewhere else. I have absolutely NO regrets purchasing this lens!

At first, my pics came out blurry as a result of my own fault, not keeping a steadier hand while shooting, and not having a high enough shutter speed. This is a slooooow lens, plus you have to work harder for tack sharp pics, so not a lens for beginners (I am a beginner, so it took me a while to recognize what situations will produce optimal photos, and the limitations of the lens). If you like slapping on a lens and shooting away, don't get it. If you put some thought into your photos, it will work well for you. Heavier and wider than I thought, but not uncomfortable (5 hours of straight handheld shooting and my hand was not even a bit sore). Works very well on non-moving images and animals; but I found people to be harder to shoot, less keepers and produces more mixed results. Great at around F8 or F9, soft at around 300mm.