Canon Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM Autofocus Lens
The range on this Canon telephoto is excellent, from the wide angle 28mm for landscape shots all the way up to 300mm to bring subjects in close. The lens will focus as close as 2.3 feet over the entire range, which adds to the versatility. Canon has included their best optics in this lens, with 22 elements in 16 groups. The fast quiet autofocus is what you'd expect from the Canon brand. The F3.5 to 5.6 maximum aperture isn't the best, but keeps this lens priced under $2,750 and will be sufficient for most. It weighs over three pounds, but is only 7.2-inch long, making it one of the more compact options for travel.