9 out of 10 points and recommendedbuld quality, image quality, versatilitylens creep, CA
I have this lens for about a month now and overall I’m very happy with it.reviewed February 23rd, 2009 (purchased for $750)
Very good. Although there is a little play between the lens and the camera mount (40D).
Fast, quiet and accurate. So you need to switch to MF to focus manually.
The image is sharp. Inside camera sharpening (level 3 or 4) is sufficient to make the picture very sharp. Very good resolution, no flares, good color saturation.
Fantastic. In 200mm even with the steadiest hands, you can see some shake.
Press the shutter half-way and the image stablizes lake magic.
CA – visible in high contrast
Vignetting – not very noticable
Pincusion – noticable at 18mm, not a problem at other focal legths
In any case, if you see a one-in-a-milion shot, take it in RAW and correct using DPP. It works well.
Pain in the a$$:
Lens creep. Take a non-horizontal shot on a tripod? Forget about it.
Unless you are a professional, get this lens.