Looked around for a while,but this is my first post. Thepics/info shown in this thread made me order a 28-300mm XR, and it arrived minutes ago. Made in Japan, plastic/metal mount, 8 pins. I'm happy with thefirst pics, for referencehere arethe extremes (taken with a 5D in aperture priority mode, only converted from RAW and resized,no PP):
They were taken from the same spot, light is not good,just to get an idea of the sharpness when out of the box. Time to get a filter...