So, I've been enjoying my recently purchased T1i and I'm going to the US at the end of the month, enabling me to buy a couple of lenses and return sans Canadian taxes. I'm already planning to buy a refurbished 17-55 f2.8 from Adorama to replace the kit lens. I'm also considering a long zoom. This is a lens that I will use only occasionally for hobby photography. I've narrowed it down to these refurbished lenses at Adorama: 1. Canon EF-S 55-250 IS ($200) 2. Canon EF 70-300 f4-5.6 IS USM ($480) 3. Canon EF 70-200 f4 L IS USM ($1000) Comments: I've read all the reviews by Bryan who would rate them as 3 > 2 > 1. Given this, and my occasional need for a lens of this focal range, I feel as though the Canon EF 70-300 offers the best value for me... good construction, amazing focal range, decent image quality, mid-road price. While I would love the L lens, it would be very difficult to justify the significant added cost as an occasional use, hobby lens. Does anyone disagree with this assessment? Does anyone own the 70-300 IS and regret it? Is the 70-300 IS at all useful for occasional macro work?