This is a fantastic deal on replacement batteries for your camera. On my first full charge out of the box, my camera lasted through two weekend trips--about 300 photos (some with flash) and 25 minutes of video. Very impressive. The second battery proved useful, as I was able to swap it out and continue snapping pics before the end of my trip. The charger is a bit bulky (twice as thick as my last charger for this battery model, thus the nit-picked four star rating), but is small and light enough to stow away in your bag. For the price (up to $60 cheaper than Canon's battery/charger combo), you can't beat this deal. Very highly recommended.
I just picked up this lens yesterday. Took it to my son's picture day for football and enjoyed using it. I am what I'd call an advanced amateur and this was my first lens purchase. I primarily shoot people so I find the depth of field this lens offers nice. Can't complain about the zoom either as I can now take photos of my kid on the field and get a lot closer to the action. I've read complaints about this lens being a bit slow to focus and I concur in isolated instances like lower light conditions and really close subjects. Be reminded that different lenses provide very different benefits and advantages. I've taken amazing photos with the simplest of equipment and have screwed up a lot photos with top of the line equipment used improperly. All and all, this lens was a great value and should be a staple in every novices bag ---
This lens is great for the price. I read a lot of reviews of people complaining that there is no IS on it. First of all you don't use an IS with a tripod. Secondly, using AF really doesn't give you the sharpest photos. That is what manual focal ring is for. Over all the lens MTP chart has a high rating at 75-200mm. If you want to have a good telephoto lens for a great price then this is a good buy. If you can't afford a more expensive lens and worry about possible camera shake, because there is no IS on this lens, remember you can always use mirror lock up on your camera or live view.
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