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Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS USM

Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS USM Specifications
Frame Coverage 35mm
Lens Construction (groups) 16
Lens Construction (elements) 22
No. of Diaphragm Blades 8
Minimum Aperture 22-38 (22-40 in 1/3 stop increments)
Closest Focusing Distance 0.7m (27.6")
Maximum Magnifcation 0.3x
Filter Diameter 77mm
Maximum Diameter x Length 92mm x 184mm (3.6" x 7.2")
Weight 1760g (62.1oz)
The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 USM L IS is an impressive piece of engineering. However, its immense zoom range doesn't come without compromises - especially on a high resolution full format DSLR. The resolution figures are actually pretty good in the 28-100mm range but there's an obvious penalty beyond 200mm with rather soft borders at large apertures.
It's big, it's heavy and it's expensive. All aspects of performance at the wide end of the lens' focal range are modest, though it improves to quite decent levels at mid and long focal lengths. I am certain that there are photographers who will find that this lens' performance meets their needs, and for whom its physical and financial challenges are acceptable.
With its huge range of available focal lengths, the Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens is going to get pictures for you that you might not otherwise have captured with any other set of shorter focal length range lenses - because of the effort/time required to carry/change lenses.
The Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 USM L IS is an impressive extreme range zoom. The optical quality is on a very high though not exceptional level. The resolution figures are generally very good without any major flaws. Vignetting, CAs and even distortions are very well under control.
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