8 out of 10 points and recommendedIS, versatile focal rangeColors seem a little bland
Bought this lens over a year ago (nov '05) and it is almost always on my camera! The IS works wonders. If you need fantastic bokeh, get a prime lens... but if you want a great all-purpose walk-around lens this is it.reviewed December 10th, 2006 (purchased for $425)
7 out of 10 points and recommendedInexpensive! Sharp!IQ not the greatest until f/4
How can you NOT buy this fast prime for a street price under $80? You definitely get more than your money's worthreviewed December 10th, 2006 (purchased for $76)
9 out of 10 points and recommendedIS, long 300mm reach, excellent image quality!none for the price
The superb image quality, long 70-300mm reach and image stabilization combine to make a fantastic lens. Add to that its reasonable price (roughly $550 new) and light weight it is also a nice travel lens.reviewed January 9th, 2007 (purchased for $499)
For me (like many others) the decision came down to this lens or one from the 70-200 L range. Personally, I can't hold a lens steady over 100mm without IS consistently so it's a no-brainer. You might get better image quality from the f2 or f4 L IS lenses but at double or triple the cost.. and I don't know about you but I get nervous thinking about traveling with a white lens! It's attention I don't need.
If you want near-L-quality images with IS at half (or a third) of the cost then get this lens, you won't regret it.