9 out of 10 points and recommendedGreat construction, lightweight, crisp imagesexpensive but worth it
I've had so much fun with this lens and take it everywhere with me. I've used it mainly on a 300D but recently traded up to a 20D - both cameras love this lens. It's great for every kind of photo you can think of:reviewed December 17th, 2005 (purchased for $1,028)
indoor shots, landscapes, buildings, animal portraits, kids, groups, parties, just about anything.
Glad I spent the money but here in rip-off Britain (paid £580GBP in Nov 04), it would be nice to pay the same prices as the US and Far East...
8 out of 10 points and recommendedBeautiful imagesHeavy, doesn't work with Canon teleconverters
Stunning images and far superior to the previous Vivitar 100-400 cheap lens I used to have. It weighs a ton so it's not something I'd take on vacation with me unless I was on safari or something. You have to say also that the lens looks good and has great posing value! REMEMBER THAT THIS DOESN'T WORK WITH CANON TELECONVERTERS - I FOUND OUT THE HARD WAY.reviewed December 17th, 2005 (purchased for $2,127)
Down side yet again is the price we pay here in rip-off Britain...
7 out of 10 points and recommendedGreat range of focal lengths in one lens - no constant changing your glassFairly heavy, "good" images but not "great"
At first, I was really pleased with this purchase and it's still the lens which is usually found on my 20D as a general purpose snapper. Fantastic if you're out somewhere and don't want to carry an additional lens - if you think about it, this can make the difference between getting a shot and missing it. It was fairly good value for money and the results are slightly better than the stock 18-55 Canon kit lens. However, I know that more money would get me better image quality. It suits general leisure photography if most of your output is for your homepage or email. Had the 18-200 model been around when I bought this, I would have opted for the longer zoom as the weight increase is negligible.reviewed December 17th, 2005 (purchased for $390)