10 out of 10 points and recommendedvery fast, sharp, gorgeous background blur, world class lensAt around $900 US very good price for quality... no IS. It is so sharp it makes you rethink the use of your zoom lenses.
This is a stunning lens, clearly one of the very best lenses that Canon produces, this is in the same world class as the 35 1.4, 85 1.2 L lenses. At $900 US it a relative steal. In photoshop I love to zoom 200, 300 and even 400% to see the extreme details it is an absolutely amazing lens, great backround blur, great for low light weddings with available light. Amazing for portraits, easily fast enough for indoor sports. With this lens you don't need to do much if any post processing. If you can afford it buy this lens, you will love it. The only thing that could possibly make this better would be to add IS.reviewed October 21st, 2005 (purchased for $900)
A con is that it really makes you rethink the use of your zoom lenses.
Oh yes, and it leads to lusting after other primes!
10 out of 10 points and recommendedWorld class sharpness, low light ability, excellent background blur.price... but you get what you pay for
Really draws in the light.reviewed October 21st, 2005 (purchased for $1,500)
Excellent in low light applications.
Phenominal background blur, this is a specialized tool, you may have to practice a bit because the depth of field is razor thin, when you master this lens it produces amazing images. Rent it first to see if it is for you.
9 out of 10 points and recommended2.8, sharp images, very useful range and it is a workhorseWish it had IS
This lens is a workhorse in wedding photography and portraits. Of course it is not sharp as prime lenses, but it is a very versitile and useful lens. 2.8 is great for wedding ceremonies and receptions, a 2.8 with IS would be only better. Great color and contrast.reviewed October 28th, 2005 (purchased for $1,200)
Highly recommended along with the 70-200 2.8 IS for wedding, portraits and sports.
This lens would be a dream with the IS feature, Canon are you listening?
10 out of 10 points and recommendedSharp, excellent for low light work
Excellent in all regards!reviewed June 10th, 2006
10 out of 10 points and recommendedCrisp, sharp imagesnone, expensive, but pays for itself with great images!
I love this lens!reviewed November 27th, 2006
Great for low light wedding work, makes me think of ditching my 24-70 2.8.
The 35 lens has much more sharpness and detail.
I often use it for wedding and portrait shots... especially in the dark reception halls.
Beautiful colors, sharp, one of Canons finest lenses.
My other favorites:
If you must rent one, before you buy.
I'll never sell this lens!
10 out of 10 points and recommendedSharper than a razorTakes time to learn how to use this beast
This lens is a beast almost 13 pounds.reviewed November 27th, 2006 (purchased for $6,500)
You will have to take the time to learn how to use this lens effectively.
Once you master this lens it is stunning, yes, even at 2.8.
Sharp, crisp, rich detail and color!
There is a reason you see this lens at the sidelines of every major sporting event, it does not get any better at this length.
Add a 2x extender and you have a pretty good 800.
Beg, borrow, or rent one if you can, once you use one it tends to spoil you.
Yes it is heavy, but so what?
It is what it is, one of the finest lenses on the planet earth!
8 out of 10 points and recommendedPretty good lenscould be better wide open
Hey for the price it's pretty good!reviewed November 27th, 2006 (purchased for $350)
Soft wide open on my copy.
A bit slow to focus, but it is light weight and overall its really a pretty good lens.
I enjoy it and produce some good low light images with it, but I have high hopes for the 1.2.
10 out of 10 points and recommendedCrisp, sharp imagesNone
Best zoom I have.reviewed November 27th, 2006 (purchased for $1,600)
I use this for portraits, excellent for when I have kids zooming around and a prime (me) can't keep up with the little buggers!
Produses excellent images, and is fun to use.
Also use this at weddings when there is enough light.
I would buy this zoom again with no hesitation!