10 out of 10 points and recommendedsharp, lightweight, black-
Excellent sharpness throughout the image. I bought this lens for a special low light wildlife shoot and was supposed to sell it afterwards. I just can't, it's such a sharp and nice lens.reviewed September 24th, 2008 (purchased for $600)
10 out of 10 points and recommendedsharp, lightweight, built in hoodno IS
Handheld it takes about 1/250s. minimum to succeed with tacksharp photos. 1/400s. is safer. With tripod anything is possible. For a wildlife photographer on a budget this is it. Pros use it for birds in flight. Amazingly compact, lightweight and balanced to use. Built in hood is a big plus.reviewed September 24th, 2008 (purchased for $1,000)
10 out of 10 points and recommendedzoom range, sharpness, macro
I gave this lens a 10 on image quality. Simply because at 300,- the image quality is unbeatable by any Canon offerings. If you use this lens from f/5.6 it's very sharp. Also the tele end. I've been eyeballing Canon lenses for long but come to the conclusion over and over again that I will be loosing too much tele end and macro to make up for any slight image quality improvement a 17-40 or 17-55IS could give. And others are behind in IQ. I use it mostly 17-35mm and 70mm, so loosing the 70mm would be a big set back.reviewed October 1st, 2008 (purchased for $300)
Check the stopped down test results here and compare to other lenses, this one is a gem.