9 out of 10 points and recommendedRazor sharp images, fast accurate and silent auto focus, light weight and built like a tank.A bit pricey but not bad.
I recently bought my first camera to take to Europe.reviewed July 18th, 2010 (purchased for $489)
I had no idea what I was doing so studied long and late on the online sites and decided on the Canon 50D.
I also got this lens for the low light indoor, no flash shots I would be taking. I stumbled right into optical excellence, beginners' luck I guess.
As I had no photographic experience I used the camera's auto scene modes and took every pic with different settings till I got what I wanted.
The thing that struck me first was how all the images shot in the dark interiors were brighter than what I was seeing with my eyes!
Color and contrast were exceptional even in very low lighting. I didn't even know enough to manually focus in dim light and most shots were great.
Outdoor landscapes were sharply focused all the way through the optical range using Canon's A-Dep setting. It basically sets a high aperture setting and lets fly.
I recently read an online review that said this lens has very poor image quality.
I went back to look at my results and am even more amazed at them given the fact that as a complete beginner the camera/lens combo did all the work and still got some amazing shots. The low light ones really show what the lens can do.
A friend of mine who travels all over the world has never had anything but a cheap point and shoot.
Now that he's seen my results he's going to get real equipment to record his travels.
My son also wants to get into photography after seeing the night shots I took in Paris while riding down the Seine River.
Two converts with one lens,what else needs to be said?