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

ef70-300_45-56doisu
Review Date: Mar 4, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,050.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Light and sharp, very low chromatic aberration. Effective IS.
Cons:
Not "L" build. Zoom lock.

I like to carry the smallest kit possible for hiking and nature work, and this fits the bill perfectly for me. IS works very well. The negative reviews of image quality are puzzling, unless copy-to-copy variability is an issue. I use it more than any other lens.

I don't like having to lock the zoom (in fact, the zoom lock jammed and the lens currently is in for repair). I have run into flare (although only shooting nearly into the sun) but haven't tried a hood extension. The cost seems high, but image quality is really good so I guess you get what you pay for. Subjectively, focussing seems on the slow side.