The new EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS is generating a decent amount of buzz, more than I thought it would.
A CR reader picked up his copy today and told me he'd be doing some shooting. All I asked was he didn't post a shot of a brick wall, he agreed!
The lens is shipping next week in Canada, so I would expect it at US retailers as well.
Another reader who has played around with the lens says the following (Thanks Bruce):
Compared witht the 70-200/2.8, it is a featherweight.Zooming was smooth and the focus was quick and accurate at all focal lengths. The image quality was good over the full frame and IS worked superbly.
On the down side, it drops away from f/4 quite quickly (if I recall correctly around 100mm) which will influence it's autofunction capabilities on less expensive cameras (Bruce tested with a 1D3 and could be talking about teleconverters).
So – it's probably a terrific lens for someone with a high end camera who is getting on a plane. The limited focal ratio will probably constrain it more than most realise.
Post your own samples
There is a thread on the forum for EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS lens samples. Please feel free to post your images there.