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

Review Date: Feb 20, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Compact, Excellent IQ, great travel lens.
Slightly soft at 300mm

IMHO, this lens is vastly underrated, OK it's a bit soft at 300mm but that's a trade off for such a long F/L but this is improved greatly by stopping down. I have won 3 National awards rececently with images taken with this lens on my 1D3 and the panel of judges come from all genres of photography. It's compactness is what sold it it to me and I've been blown away by the IQ - not an L lens but comes close to my 17-40 and 24-105. Plan to use it on holiday in June along with my 24-105 on my 5D2, I've done what a previous poster has done, set a userdefined picture style and increased the sharpness, contrast, colour tone and saturation by +1 from the standard settings and this also works for me. Weddings are where I earn my money mainly and although not a "wedding lens" per se, I'll give it an outing at my next wedding in April but I do tend to stick to my L's and zoom with my feet.