9 out of 10 points and recommendedexcellent range, IS, quite sharp if you get a good copy, fulltime manual focusdoesn't feel as solid as I'd like
This lens is the one I use more than any other because of its versatile range and the added security that IS gives me. Knowing the basics such as stopping down a bit to get the most sharpness helps to achieve great results from this lens. It's the perfect general-use lens, and one I've not found a suitable replacement for. I bought mine right when they were introduced in the late 90's, hence the higher cost. I'd love for it to be a 2.8 in addition to the IS, or a 24-135 2.8IS, but then the cost would be rediculous. This is a great lens, one of my favorites for sure.reviewed October 20th, 2005 (purchased for $550)
10 out of 10 points and recommendedSHARP! fast autofocus, excellent IS, superior performance all around.heavy and expensive, but worth every penny and ounce.
This is a stellar lens! The sharpness is truly impressive as is the overall performance of the lens. Color and contrast are excellent, excellent bokeh. I find that it's useful in so many different situations from sports to portraits, as well as a lot of landscape applications. Mated to my 20D it's perfect!reviewed October 22nd, 2005 (purchased for $1,695)