9 out of 10 points and recommendedamazing AF speed, super sharp images, useful focal rangea bit big and heavy
this is my only L lens, and the speed at which it focuses is in a class of it's own! and the image quality is v good too. i shoot with a 450D, so it does feel a bit front-heavy when in use, but that's not a major problem.reviewed May 6th, 2009 (purchased for $979)
9 out of 10 points and recommendedrelatively small size + weight, AF speed, build quality, it's black, super sharp, wonderful bokehno IS
i have fallen in love with this lens!!! it really shines in the daylight, and the AF performance is achingly good ...giving me super sharp images. and don't even get me started on the bokeh... creamy and dreamy - non of my other lenses are capable of producing anything like this kind of bokeh. and i soon got used to the fixed 200mm focal length - superb head/shoulder shots were made effortlessly.reviewed September 21st, 2009 (purchased for $745)
indoors, i up the ISO to 1600 whilst shooting at f/2.8 on my 450D, and that seems to do the trick, in terms of stopping the action and eliminating camera shake. another cool thing i've noticed was that people don't notice that i am taking pictures of them, as the lens is relatively small, and also black. as i'm standing quite far away from them, capturing candid moments is easy!
the build quality is very high, and if this lens had IS (without compromising it's other qualities), it would have pretty much zero faults