10 out of 10 points and recommendedSuperb image quality, built quality, super fast focus, IS functionlarge, heavy
Best zoom lens ever made.reviewed November 3rd, 2005 (purchased for $1,520)
10 out of 10 points and recommendedSuperb image quality, fast focus, quality constructionHeavy
Image quality on par with prime lenses. This is my primary walkaround lens. Along with the 70-200L IS, it makes a perfect package.reviewed November 3rd, 2005 (purchased for $1,125)
8 out of 10 points and recommendedUseful IS function, good build quality, execellent all around lensOptional Lens hood, no carry bag/case, prone to dust in elements
Excellent image quality when stepped down. A combination of features makes this lens a great walk around lens. When mounted on a 1.6 cropped DSLR, its focal length may not be as useful as when used on a film or full frame DSLR.reviewed November 3rd, 2005 (purchased for $409)
8 out of 10 points and not recommendedUseful focal length, excellent constructionLarge, heavy, not the sharpest option Canon provides
I couldn't get use to the push-pull zoom and the friction ring control always got into the way when attempting manual focus adjustments. Image quality not as sharp as the 70-200 zooms, 300mm and 400mm primes.reviewed November 3rd, 2005
On the other hand, a 2x tele-converter would give this lens the option of a 100-800mm reach, 160-1280mm on a 1.6x DSLR.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedExcellent image quality, quality construction, light weight, affordableLens hood does not fit tightly
Excellent lens of its price. A very affordale alternative to the 16-35mm when willing to sacrifice one stop. This lens can produce exceptional images with great sharpness and color contrast.reviewed November 3rd, 2005 (purchased for $640)
17mm very wide on film or FF, not wide enough on my 10D.
10 out of 10 points and recommendedexcellents image quality, professional quality constructionOptional lens hood, pricy
Professional quality macro lens. Sharper than L series zooms. This lens proves to a be a workhorse for me, both macro work and normal shoot. Focus is very sensitive.reviewed November 3rd, 2005 (purchased for $430)
8 out of 10 points and recommendedLight, fast, sharploose focus rign
One of my favorite lenses, it's fast, light, and superb image quality. Slightly soft at 1.4 and super sharp from 2.0 on. The focus ring is loose and focus is not as fast as L primes.reviewed November 3rd, 2005 (purchased for $299)