Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM
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Great lens when you want to travel light and fast.
1 June 2012
Summary: I bought this lens as a carry one lens/one camera while traveling and hiking. I like the zoom range and the picture quality obtainable with this lens. It is heavy and expensive but gets the job done without carrying a pack of prime lenses. This is one of the best zooms I have ever used.
Conclusion: I recently got this lens for my my camera and I am VERY HAPPY with this lens...I foresee it remaining on my camera the majority of the time except for those times I have a particular use in mind that is better served by a different lens. Now I'm sure that you have likely read various highly technical reviews on this lens and I'm not going to deny some of the issues these reviews identify... Is it heavy? Yes (but it is built VERY solidly).
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality, a true all-in-one lens
Cons: big/heavy (but what did you expect?), slow aperture, push/pull zoom (but you'll quickly get used to it)
Summary: Of course, it works great. Autofocus is ultrafast as Canon always is. Highlights make pretty 16-pointed stars and the bokeh is nice too. Shooting directly into the sun will get you flare, no magic there. Sharpness is good as superzooms go, getting better as you stop down, and good enough anyway to make you wish for 24MPix. Contrast, without being bad, could be better. Image Stabilization is grand, and makes a whole lot of a difference !
Summary: to a range example: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eraneran/4265152180/ A macro Sample with the lense: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eraneran/3730598652/ The most tele: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eraneran/3942464094/ The most wide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eraneran/3945898941/ depth of field: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eraneran/4038281512/ One for sunset (always like it): http://www.flickr.com/photos/eraneran/4015251597/
Pros: Great outdoor or well lighted scenery, will cover all my photo needs, from family to profesional sunjects. nice macro. All lenses in one lense
Cons: Heavy wight(all the lenses in one), heavy in price :) The wife jokes that i need this zoom to prove... ;)
Conclusion: This lens has performed well for the two years it's been in service. Very functional except in low light. Very versatile range. The only complaint is the same as with all auto focus lenses, no quick pic when the lens/camera has trouble distinguishing a focal point. The telephoto tubes had a problem with the friction ring, which tightens the lens down at various distances.
Summary: Yes, the lens is VERY heavy...but since I now have to carry one lens in my bag instead of three...I think it is worth it's weight. The lens is great for close up and far off. We travel alot and now I don't have to stop to change the lens...I can just shoot.
Conclusion: The 28-300mm has so many functions. I've had this lens for almost 2 years with no regrets. I travel throughout the Columbia Gorge and have captured amazing outdoor shots. It isn't the lightest lens but the range is so exceptional you can get away with taking the one lens. I love this lens and definitely would recommend it. It's not cheap so be sure it's something you really want or need.
Conclusion: After spending the rather large chunk of money for this lens, I found that it was well worth it. The only warning is that it is a Very heavy and Very large lens. It is so versatile that now it is the only lens I use except for special occasions. A macro lens for very close shots, and a ultra wide lens for the wide shots. That's it. 3 lenses and you are done. It is Not tack sharp like some of the lenses. It is only Very sharp. I love it!
Conclusion: It's an extremely versatile lens which is great while traveling and doing totally different kind of shots during the same time-span. I.e. visiting a town: close ups, portraits, buildings, panoramas; outdoor sports: close-ups, groups; nature: close-up, limited macro, landscape. The IS Image stabilizer will help also in lower light conditions. The push-pool zoom is first strange to handle but you soon find out how wonderful it is when you have a 'situation'.
Pros: Superior build quality, Fast auto-focus, extremely versatile