10 out of 10 points and recommendedSpeed, versatility, range coverage, relative cost, calibration capabilitiesweight, filter size, lack of IS/OS/VR
I get these lenses to shoot concerts and sports events. And I love the versatility of it. At 2,8 is a bit soft, but at 3,2-3,5 its great for the purpose(high speed@low-light@long distance).reviewed May 18th, 2008
For portraiture I recommend the Canon EF70-200/2,8 USM IS L(I use mainly the Canon system).
9 out of 10 points and recommendedIQ, Size, 2,8noisy AF, non FTM
I bought this lens as ultra wide for my Canon 40D and when I upgraded to 5D and 1D Mk III I rediscovered the lens once again. The only non-L lens in my bag.reviewed October 4th, 2009 (purchased for $620)
9 out of 10 points and recommendedIQ, IQ, IQ, Tripod Collar, Focal Lenght, BokehNo IS, AF*
Just GREAT lens. Great! Color rendition is awsome. Bokeh is smooth and silky. It's built like a tank.reviewed October 4th, 2009 (purchased for $1,230)
On Canon 5D the focus tends to hunt IF the limiter is off. On Canon 1D Mk III this is not such a problem.
Would be great if this one had an IS built-in.