10 out of 10 points and recommendedSharp, compact, full features.none
Sharp, lightweight, fast-AF with tripod collar, gelatin filter, and focus range delimiter, and it’s only 1/3 of the price of the excellent 300mm f/2.8 AF G. What else would be more?reviewed April 26th, 2006 (purchased for $1,000)
10 out of 10 points and recommendedSharpnone
Sharp, lightweight, fast-AF, among the sharpest 35mm optic ever produced. The color and the resolution are beyond words.reviewed April 26th, 2006 (purchased for $700)
10 out of 10 points and recommendedSharp, versatile, 1:1 AF
I am actually using the older non-D version. Optic-wise, sharp, versatile, life-size AF, among the sharpest 35mm optic ever produced. Very high contrast, excellent for macro photography, however, the lens would be too sharp for portrait.reviewed April 26th, 2006 (purchased for $550)
10 out of 10 points and recommendedSharp lens with excellent soft effectnone
The 100mm soft focus is love in the first sight. The soft focus effect performs extremely well manage on digital and film. This lens also has the resolution like the 100 Macro, without the, in times, harsh contrast. How good is this lens? My wife never interested in photography, until she sees our daughter’s pictures taken by this lens. Now, I can’t get her hands off it.reviewed April 26th, 2006 (purchased for $550)
10 out of 10 points and recommendedFast AF, Sharp, VersatileTripod Collar Position
This is one amazing lens! It delivers the performance of 300mm f2.8 prime, with the added benefits of zoom. If you are a sports photographer, don't miss this one.reviewed July 23rd, 2008 (purchased for $2,700)
The optic performance is fantastic. It may not be as sharp as the best prime, but it's definitely among the sharpest zoom.
The only issue I have is the collar position. It's too short and too close to the body. It requires some extra care to mount and unmount on to the monopod.