8 out of 10 points and recommendedSharp and clear, easy to carry (folds up nicely and low weight)A bit slow to focus on, "Long Nose" - care not to bang it - tends to open up.
The effective range of 112-480 mm -> means that it is used for about 1/12 of the time. BUT --> sharp, excellent AF accuracy, very nice color and contrast, even in very difficult situations.reviewed December 4th, 2006 (purchased for $1,060)
Excellent Portrait and kids!
My only real issue with this lens - is the rotating front element... hard to use Pol-Filter
Sharp, Accurate, Can handle high dynamic range images - while keeping color and contrast. Long reach on 20D, Very nice colors.
Rotating front Element ! I like it - and carry it even when not using it :-)
PS: The original lens I got - was one of the first shipment - with the problem of Portrait-Landscape. All praise to Canon for replacing it! Take care if second hand!