Epinions rating: 5/5 Stars
So, after my Ebay deal, I finally decided to order it new. Profeel was the cheapest from a trusted company so I decided to give them a try. I have also used in the past Beach Camera, Canoga Camera and B+H. All were good, but Profeel edged them all out.
Ordering was smooth, don't even need an account to order (nice feature!). We ordered it Monday night, $540 with free shipping. Got a call the next day to verify the order, unlike some companies they didn't even try to get us to buy anything extra. Person was real nice on the phone and we talked a bit.
The shipping, since it was free, was 5-11 days from time of shipment (which would be Tuesday). I was a little concerned because at that point, it was only 8 weekdays away from my next spotting trip. To my surprise, it arrived TODAY (after 2 days!!!) with 2 free gifts from Profeel, a free HOYA UV filter (which I needed since I only had one), and a Tshirt. Very cool of them!
The package arrived as described, with plenty of packing peanuts and (IMO) an oversized box (filled with peanuts). It came both with the Canon standard warranty, and a special Profeel warranty. I could not ask for more!
nwafan20's PROFEEL rating: 5/5 stars. I will definitely look into Profeel for my next purchase!
Ok, second part:
Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM lens:
Have only had it for a few hours, so just a few observations:
Being my first IS lens, that feature is awesome! I don't think I will be able to live without it anymore! Test pictures showed that it is quite sharp, but the true test will come next Saturday when I take it out spotting. I did notice that the AF is a little slower than my 28-105 3.5-4.5 II USM.
No rating as of yet, I will wait until spotting to review it.