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Old May 11, 2006, 6:41 PM   #1
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Does anyone think that the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lense is being phased out? On several sites, it's on backorder for an indefinite period of time. It could simply be in high demand as well.

I was considering purchasing it from Costco because of their wonderful return policy, but they just recently stopped carrying it.
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Old May 12, 2006, 6:48 AM   #2
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This is a fairly new lens. Canon just came out with it last year, replacing the 75-300IS lens.

One of the big problems that I have read about with this lens is taking images with the camerain portrait. People are getting very blurry images with the IS on. It was noted that Canon will have a fix soon, so maybe they have stopped shipments to get a stock pileofthe "fixed" lenses for the stores.

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I think it would be worth to save up and get the 70-300 IS DO lens...
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Old May 12, 2006, 10:39 AM   #4
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I think it would be worth to save up and get the 70-300 IS DO lens...
Actually if you look at the MTF's the new 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM is a much better buy - The DO has a better build may be, and doesn't rotate, but optically it seems to me like the new 70-300 has the sharper edge...
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I think it would be worth to save up and get the 70-300 IS DO lens...
Actually if you look at the MTF's the new 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM is a much better buy - The DO has a better build may be, and doesn't rotate, but optically it seems to me like the new 70-300 has the sharper edge...
That's true but i'm worried about the blurry images i hear about.
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That's true but i'm worried about the blurry images i hear about.
No doubt at all...

This 'new' lens in its 4th incarnation is different - Unlike the previous generations (series III and older) which even an el cheapo <$200 Sigma APO of the same name can outsharp! :-)
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Do you mean that Canon actually have fixed the issue then?
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Do you mean that Canon actually have fixed the issue then?
This lens is on my shopping list too. Are you saying that portrait blurriness issue is resolved with the new batch of lenses being released by Canon in May? This will be great news...:-)

Does anyone know:?
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I haveheard that Canon will have a fix for this soon. But I do not know when it will be out at the repair stations or on the new lenses. The timeframe that I read was sometime in May.
I would just keep your ears open with this if you are really interested in this lens. If you can hold off for a bit, that would be great.

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That sounds good. I wish Canon had a mail list I could subscribe to for updates on this issue.
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