I own several lenses for my Canon Digital Rebel XSi, T2i, Canon EOS 7D, and this is honestly not my favorite one. However, I can't fault the overall performance of this piece, and I would recommend it being aware of its limitations. PROS
- Excellent build construction. The case is metal and appears quite solid even when extended. - 300mm at a reasonable cost. Combine that with the 1.6 magnification of the common half-frame sensors found in many digital cameras, and that equates to some serious zoom. - Fairly short focal length: this is definitely a telephoto, but if you want to take portraits with it, you can get within 5' or so of the subject, even at more than 70mm. - Image Stablization: invaluable. I rarely get a blurry shot; recently I compared this lens with and without a tripod and could not notice a difference. Of course, low shutter speeds will greatly impact this feature, but it is still a must. CONS
- I'm not impressed with the clarity of most pictures. The AF is quick and reliable, but it often feels like something is "missing". Pictures are not out of focus but sometimes feel excessively "soft". - Weight: if you are going to walk around a park or nature trail all day, figure a creative way to carry this thing. Not a "con" per se, but definitely a consideration. - Color just feels lackluster sometimes. I think this is a decent lens which requires careful attention to lighting and camera settings to take a truly good picture; it's less forgiving than the other lenses I use (mainly a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II & Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-4.6).
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