Get Your Bang for your Buck
This lens is the most versatile lens I've ever used. Most people don't realize how many opportunities of captured moments are missed in public with simultaneous activities all around you. I find myself shooting at 28mm and capturing another frame at 300mm within a second (and this happens more and more frequently). I am shooting everything in between that zoom range as well.
-If you are mindful of your aperture range from 3.5-5.6, it shouldn't be too much of a hassle. If it were at 2.8, I would never have to pull out my 70-200 lens. One can dream can't he?
-telescoping (push/pull to zoom) takes some getting used to if it's your first time. You'll grow to love it because of how fast it is. Make sure you don't keep it too tight otherwise movement can be too sticky.
-This thing is built like a tank. Get a comfortable shoulder strap for this guy, because it will give you a workout if you are holding the camera up for an hour straight. I prefer extra weight knowing it's made well as should you.
-The images are sharp throughout its entire focal range. I am very happy with it for L lens quality.
-I have only two negative comments, both of which have alternatives:
1) autofocus searches the entire focal range back and forth in low lighting. I recommend using single point focusing and find an edge of high contrast to focus on.
2) There is some very noticeable barrel distortion between 28-50mm. This can be corrected easily with most photo software though.
Whenever I know I am going to be in a situation that I can't change out my lenses easily or can't carry two cameras, this is the lens I choose. If you find yourself in unpredictable situations and high activity, there is no better lens for you than this one. Or if you are like me and just don't like to be limited by a set focal length sometimes, then this lens is for you.
Hats off to you Canon for making the most versatile lens in your line-up!
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March 14, 2013
Only lense you will need
I have 8 EF lenses and 3 pro cameras. I rarely use any other lense now that I have the 28-300. If you travel, this lense will cover every situation. Its fast, stabilized and easy to hand hold. I'm very impressed. I also bought the 100-400, but returned it after comparing the image quality of both lenses.
August 3, 2012
Excellent Lens for Garden Photography
I've had the 28-300mm lens for a year and very pleased with its performance. Even though, the lens is a bit heavy, a bit pricy, and does not accept a tele-converter, it's really fantastic lens for garden photography. To be able to maintain 2.3 ft.close focusing throughout the entire zoom range, makes this lens ideal for macro/close-up photography. Also, this lens will focus even closer with a 25mm extension tube and 500D close-up filter—wow. Now, I hardly use a macro lens. For extreme close-ups, I mate this lens with an extension tube on a Canon 7D. To make make up for the lack of a tele-converter, I use this lens on a 7D with the APS sensor, and for landscapes and garden vista shots, a 5D MII is used. I shoot all of my images from a tripod, so weight is not an issue for me— a tremendous lens for my applications.
July 1, 2012
Great Product. The only issue is that the item is heavy. The lens gives great high quality pictures.
June 12, 2012