A one lens solution for the discriminating enthusiast.
I consider myself an enthusiast when it comes to photography. I've done video and stills for over 35 years. I've done weddings, funerals, events, plays, recitals, portraits, landscapes, diving etc. OK, all that not to brag but to build a little credibility. You see, I'm not Gary Fong, but I consider myself proficient and more than that, so do others. On to this lens. I've had the lesser expensive lenses by the "other" companies with similar range of zoom. What canon did with this lens was to create an "L" quality lens in a demanding zoom range. They managed to top everyone else. If you read the professional reviews of this lens, you will find that it doesn't stand up to the primes. I try to be pragmatic and practical. To put the reviews in perspective, if one were comparing the Dodge Viper to the Ferrari Testarosa, one would most likely come away saying that the Viper did not live up to the Testarosa. This lens is a "Dodge Viper" 12 cylinder. It will quite simply blow all of the competition (except the primes) out of the water. The biggest drawback? It weighs nearly 3 pounds. Yes, that's a lot of lens. I have to admit, when I'm displaying my photo's at a viewing, I don't ever recall thinking about the weight of the lens, I think more about the quality of the photo. This lens takes tack-sharp photo's throughout the entire zoom range and at all aperatures (with very little exception). This simply can not be said of the competition. The most that people say about the competition is "nice for the money". I guess that's true for a lot of things. But after trying the rest and tossing a lot of photo's I'd loved to have had come out, I swallowed hard, saved my money, and bought this one. If image quality is your thing, and you don't want to carry a ton of lenses, this is your "One lens solution". The two biggest advantages this lens offers in my opinion (aside from image quality) are the ability to have the correct focal length the moment you need it, and no dust from changing lenses all the time.
Get yourself a thick, comfortable camera strap or bag. You'll need it.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
Great one-lens solution for great looking pictures.
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Great lens, exactly what I wanted and hoped for. I like taking good pictures and believe better equipment helps you do that, but by no means am I a professional-level photographer. I would say I am more of an enthusiast at this point. I really was hoping to be able to get a long zoom as well as be able to take nice close-up portraits with this lens, and it has worked out great. I use it mainly to take photos of kids' performances and sporting activities. Indoors, it is a little slow for some motion tasks but I have not had serious issues getting some of the pictures to turn out crisp. I have sold all of my other lenses since purchase and use this one exclusively. That means I won't be changing out lenses very often if at all anymore on my 5DII body. Getting 300mm range is a must for sports vs being limited at 200mm zoom on some other L-lenses such as the 70-200 (at least on my full-frame body). I don't really get into comparing pixel-by-pixel or anything like that especially with post processing capabilities these days but I think this lens takes great pictures-and most of the time I am leaving the camera settings on auto. It is a big lens and if you are not a bigger individual/bothered by lugging something this big around, you may want to steer elsewhere. But, with this lens you don't really need to carry a camera bag around (I generally just leave mine in the car) so I consider it really a weight savings. Yes, you get some looks with the big gray lens (especially if you have a 580 or 600 flash on top and the battery grip like I do), but I personally don't have a problem with that. If you want candids, it is a little harder, but I find with the big lens setup, people are more likely to notice and make eye contact with my camera vs others in a crowd of picture takers. Great buying experience getting hardly used on eBay but you need to take your time browsing these lenses as they are expensive and people tend to embellish how much use they have (if it's so cheap it seems like a steal, it probably is not really in the condition it is described as).
The ultimate 10X zoom, and engineering marvel
Canon's EF 28-300mm L is a beast in every sense of the word. This lens, mounted on a 1D series camera creates one of the most versatile cameras imaginable.
I took this lens to California, and traveled up and down the coast, shooting from a tripod, handheld, and from a helicopter. It is a heavy lens, but considering what it does it isn't too heavy. I've used it to shoot models, food, wildlife, architecture... you name it.
The zoom mechanism is push-pull, with adjustable friction. This works out quite well from rapid composing, and allows simultaneous zooming and manual focus; turns out that is a real plus in some situations.
IS (Image Stabilization)works amazingly well on this lens, better than any other Canon IS lens I've used. even at 300mm, lens shake is almost never an issue, handheld photos at 1/50 second at 300mm are possible. IS on this lens even works when it is tripod-mounted to couteract shutter vibration, which is rare (usually you need to turn IS off for tripod work).
Focusing is lightning-fast, and images are sharp at all f/stops. Seriously, at every focal length and f/stop this lens delivered images that looked like they were shot with a prime lens. The main price you pay is size, weight, and of course the cost of the lens itself.
There are many 10X zooms out there, but this is the only one that is truly professional grade, and highly deserved Canon's L label, and is definitely worth the money if it's capabilities are what you need. If you can only mount one lens on your camera for the trip of a lifetime, this is the lens you'd want.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
I love the clarity, sharpness and stability I get with the Canon EF 28-300mm f3.5-5.6L IS USM Lens. I had been using a smaller, lighter 28-300mm on my 50d that worked well, but the depth of focus at 300mm with the Canon is more clear. I'll keep both lenses, one for my 5d and the other for the 50d. Only the Canon will work on the 5d. No doubt the 50d is more versatile when it comes to handeling different lenses. At 200 to 300mm the Canon gave more clarity of the objects right around the Great Blue Heron I caught in flight that the other 28-300mm did with Ospreys in flight and hovering over prey in the lake below.
I'm one who is used to the old heavy 35mm film cameras with the old heavy lenses and motor drives. The extra weight of the Canon doesn't bother me a bit. I've been using a Sigma 150-500mm on my 50d that focuses fast and works well for me and that is not a lightweight lens either. I'm from the old school and will take all kinds of punishment. After all, I was a news photog, writer and editor for nearly 40 years and survived the punishment that goes along with that turf. The Sigma works well on my 5d also. It's heavy, but I caught a turkey vulture in flight so close, in one frame it looks like a bald eagle in flight with a magnificant full black wing that I can feel the power of lift and and thrust by looking at that huge wing.
Canon 28-300mm L IS USM lens
The 28-300mm l is Canon lens is by far a better lens for IMQ,contrast, focus,
and confident picture capture. Owning four L class lens has taught me the
value of these lens. They are pricy and a few are heavy as in the 28-300
the most in my opinion, the adage[you get what you pay for] is true in my
experience. Having tried Sigma, Tamron, and some of the standard Canon lens
none will compare to a L class lens.Save,swap,sell or what is needed to
purchase the 28-300 l is lens or a L lens and you will not regret the investment-I haven't, so far I really am satisfied with the quality of this
lens and hope to expand to a super telephoto 600-800 l is one day hopefully.
If you are serious about your picture capture and want the best image quality
and [who does not really] the 28-300 is a great but heavy[ my only complaint]
lens to fill the every day shot's that you may find in your picture pursuit's
I highly recommend the Canon 28-300 L IS lens.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.