8 out of 10 points and recommendedIS, IS and, yes, ISFocus on slow side, not very robust
I got this lens last week at very nice price. Thanx Axel (:reviewed January 23rd, 2006
I got it but i had some reserves based on reviews on internet and mixed feedback from forums. First thing that you notice is it's IS system that keeps worries about 1/300 or 1/400 away from you and lets you concentrate on shooting. Optical performance is very nice up to 200mm. Even at 250mm you still can get good results if stoped down. At 300mm it is good only at f10/f11... IS, although first gen, works nice and gives me 2-3 f stops of "freedom". Build quality i OK. I won't shoot in Iraq so I don't bother with fact that it's made of plastic... I'm happy with it. Younger brother a.k.a. 70-300 IS is much better but it's also very expensive so if youre on a budget and still need that nice silver badge on lens try to find one of these...