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

Review Date: Aug 4, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,519.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Well built, high quality "L" lens

It was with a heavy heart that I finally made the decision to give up my much used 70-300 f/4,5-5.6 DO IS USM for this lens. I can honestly state that purchasing this lens, i.e., the 70-300mm 4-5.6 L IS USM, is one of the best decisions I have ever made so far relative to my Canon gear.

There is no comparison between the two lenses. If you own a Diffractive Optic 70-300 lens (or for that matter any Canon 70-300mm lens), and have been wondering about this lens in light of all the outstanding reviews, give it up and get this lens.

Simply put, it is a great lens all the way out to 300mm. Its optical performace truly surprised me. Image Quality is excellent. The very first picture is a "Wow." And, it is real sharp. Auto focus is fast and accurate, and the focus ring is smooth with no play. It has great bokeh. Come weather sealed and it looks like in all respects what you would expect from a well built, high quality "L" lens.

It immediately became my new go-to walk around lens and I am crazy about it. It is not too big and not too heavy. It feels just right with my UPstrap on my 5D Mark II. While 3/4 lbs heavier than the DO, it is actually 1 lb lighter when compared to the 70-200mm f2.8 L IS II USM. It is not that beautiful suble black with a beautiful green ring like the compact DO lens, but the white is not screaming either.

It is just right for me and I am a very happy Canon customer. No doubt that this lens will be THE Canon standard for 70-300mm lens for some time.

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

Review Date: Oct 19, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great travel lens.

Because of the inherent convince of its size, this is my tried and true telephoto travel lens, and it is my only non L lens. I have used it with great success since I purchased it in 2005 and have come to trust shooting it at all ranges from macro to 300mm.

However, it took time to learn how to set it up in order to get excellent, sharp pictures. I customized my 5D picture style by creating a user default position that I use for this lens that is one notch up for all parameters above that of the cameras standard settings, that is, sharpness, contrast, saturation and color tone. And, I added both UV and polarizing filters and I always use the hood when lighting so dictates. For convince, my large rubber hood is preferred. With this arrangement and its quick auto focusing, I have gotten some great National Geo as well as artistic type pictures. When left to just one lens to travel with, this is the one I usually carry.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM

Review Date: Sep 18, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,089.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Wonderful sharp lens; nice macro too.

After reading all the reviews on this lens, I was at first leary of making a purchase. To my absolute delight, I have found that this is a great performing standard zoom lens that is ideal for my 20D. I think the combination is terrific.

I have taken many pictures with this lens and I have total confidence in it. I quickly learned to accept it's weight and spend my time doing all the creative things this combination permits my amateur imagination to do. By the way, I really like the basic macro on this lens and I have taken some great pictures with it.

If you are wondering about purchacing this lens . . . wonder no more and buy it. It is now my standard "L" lens. The moment I began to use it, I felt for the first time since the old film days that I was shooting with my old friends that I never use any more, my 35 mm film nikon and my 6X7 Pentax medium format system. That is saying a lot and it is the best compliment that I can give this lens.