I have been a pro since 1981. I have used 35mm, 2 1/4 square, and 4x5 in studio and on location. This lens is the one I use almost every time I shoot. I have the 16x35 2.8 and the 50 1.2 and I love them both, but when I am shooting sessions or weddings... this is the lens that I use almost exclusively. I have two 5D Mk2 bodies and the 28-300mm lens stays on one of them all the time. The clarity, color, sharpness, contrast, image stabilization, ease of use, durability... I could go on and on... this system replaces my medium format with six lenses and surpasses it... And the seamless use with my professional editing software that recognizes the lens with lens calibration is awesome... I could not be more pleased after almost three years of continuous use...
June 11, 2013
My GoTo Lens
As the title suggests, this is my GoTo lens. I currently carry a 10-22mm W/A, 28-135mm standard, and 100mm macro along with this lens. 9-times out of 10, the 28 to 300mm is on my 7D camera body. The pictures are sharp. I was at Hearst Castle and in-doors where flash photography isn't allowed and blown away with the quality of the pictures I ended up with, even in the dark theater room. The focus is fast and true. The colors are brilliant. I have a picture of a friend where I'm 50ft away and I took a headshot of him. Once back at home, I cropped it down to just his eyes and you can clearly see the reflection of Yellowstone National Park in his sunglasses. I love this camera and lens. The only drawbacks I see are that Canon says you can't use the extenders on it (I'd love to use a 2x extender) and the lens weight can be a drag if you have the camera on your neck for several hours.
May 26, 2013
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