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15Feb/050

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III USM Zoom Lens

I've had my Canon EOS 300D for a few months now and am starting to outgrow the lens that comes with the camera (when purchasing the lens kit), that being, the Canon EF18-55mm lens. It's a good lens for very general photography, but one which you will find yourself growing increasingly frustrated with as you learn and demand more from your equipment. The final straw for me was being at the Make Poverty History rally at Trafalgar Square some weeks ago and not having the right lens to get close enough to the action. After much deliberation, I decided to purchase a 300mm lens to get nicely up close and personal with my chosen subject matter. Having looked around a bit and becoming increasingly disturbed by the prospect of purchasing a lens which costs more than the camera did, I happpened upon a lens which an Amazon.co.uk reviewer termed 'a good beginner lens' for very the reasonable price £210. I should point out that Amazon.co.uk is not the place to buy this lens, or at least not when you can get the identical lens for fully £90 cheaper at 7dayshop.com. Having owned this lens for less than a week and having taken some shots with it at the weekend, I can vouch for the fact that this really is a good beginner lens at a very good price. If you're looking to splash out and spend a little more, you can get the same lens with IS (Image Stabilization) for a bit more than double the price.

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