Summary: Actually, newegg's price for this lens is among the best. This lens is being confused with the older model, the AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di, which is now being sold for not much more than half the price of the new VC model with the current rebate.
Pros: Very high optical quality for the price Excellent stabilization, better than some "Big two" lenses at twice the price Terrific value
Cons: Lens creep, like most long zooms. Use the hood to help control flare Slow (f6.3) at the long end, VC takes care of this Nothing serious
Pros: I took this to Yosomite, just the other day. I took almost 500 picture with this lens and I had 11 awsome pictures that needed no mods or retouch with adobe or the Nikon N2 software. I recomend this lens, as a top contender to take anywhere for outdoors and nature pictures.
Cons: You MUST not forget to lock the lens when not in use as it will creep forwad and possibly get broke or damaged if one forgets.
Pros: Depending on the close up needs of your photography, either an 18 to... or a 28 to ... will meet your needs. This lens comes in both 18-270 and 28-300. They are both fantastic. They are the best that I have seen and I have 40+ years of practice.
Cons: None. Not a one in 1 to 11 years of use of this brand lens.
Tamron Superzoom lens with optical image stabilisation
3 February 2011
Summary: Tamron AF 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 XR Di VC Vibration Compensation LD-IF Macro for Canon AF A very good lens (some barrel distortion, but acceptable) with a superb zoom range, and capable of macro photography all without having to change lenses.