8 out of 10 points and recommendedA great walk-around lens. Mine is quite sharp. Better than expected.None. Should come with a hood.
This was my first Canon lens. The IS is great, giving two stops. I had some reservations about buying this lens because of reports of softness and loose barrel. My example suffers from none of these problems and talking to other users of the same lens, they too have no complaint. The sharpness is surprising, rivaling that of my 'L' lens. Good color and contrast. And it's light too and won't wear you out carrying it around all day.reviewed January 9th, 2007 (purchased for $410)
9 out of 10 points and recommendedFast focus. Great contrast, color, and sharpness.None. But it is heavy.
The reputation of this lens is well-deserved. The focus is fast and accurate. I use it to shoot motosports inside in low light and get great results of bikes flying out of the corner; I swear you can see the color of the rider's eyes under their helmet's shield. I had some initial problems with the chip and it took Canon two shots to get it right but to their favor they made it right.reviewed January 9th, 2007 (purchased for $1,725)