9 out of 10 points and recommendedAmazing range, great color, great build, very effective IS, definite "L" quality.Not cheap, you know it is a handful -- but less than all those FL as primes!
This is one of my all-time favorite Canon lenses. I know its size intimidates a lot of people, but it is great for events and weddings. Shoots well wide open. Smooth Leica-like color and tonal transitions make it ideal for shooting people and travel. Coupled with the 16-35L II on another body, you can cover everything in decent light or high ISO. For less range and lighter weight, use the 24-105L IS.reviewed April 4th, 2013 (purchased for $1,750)
9 out of 10 points and recommendedGreat range and image qualityOlder IS
This lens is a great travel companion to the 24-105L IS. Just got it and used in Yosemite for some long shots, detail shots, and a nice vertical stitch pano of Bridalveil Fall. Very good IQ and fast AF. Very good color and sharpness. I like the push/pull zoom, and have the 28-300L IS as well (also used to own the 35-350L). Although I rate it a "9", I'm not being negative. I reserve 10 for near perfect lenses like the 100L macro and 24TSE II.reviewed April 4th, 2013 (purchased for $1,000)
10 out of 10 points and recommendedGreat "look" wide open to f/2, super sharp from f/2.8 on. Love the color!
I love this lens! It is not the easiest to use, and it is a little finicky from body to body (mine works best on my 5D2 and 1D3, not quite as precise for AF on my 1Ds3, but still usable wide open).reviewed April 4th, 2013 (purchased for $1,225)
Amazing color and tonality. Great bokeh -- looks even better on computer screen than in viewfinder. This lens will make you look like a better photographer than you are! :)
This lens, along with 24TSE II and 100L Macro, are my best primes.
10 out of 10 points and recommendedJust about a perfect lens!Big lens shade (I usually use a shorter, screw-in shade)
One of the best built and sharpest lenses I've ever owned. Great IS, great color. Part of my "perfect FF trio":reviewed April 4th, 2013 (purchased for $800)
24 TSE II, 50/1.2L, and 100L macro.
My only wish (very minor) is that the design was shorter to accommodate a recessed front element so no shade would be required for most shooting.
10 out of 10 points and recommendedAwesome lens, IQ is so good even for general photography without movements.None
One of my three "perfect" primes: 24TSE II, 50/1.2L, and 100L macro.reviewed April 4th, 2013 (purchased for $2,200)
This 24 TSE is probably the cherished lens of my collection.
I got rid of the Zeiss ZE 21/2.8 after comparing to this 24 TSE II and finding it redundant as a focal length (great imaging though, but not better) and no movements.