Summary: This lens is a great buy for the money. I can't afford a super "high end" glass, and after reading the reviews thought I'd give this one a try. It turned out to be a great addition to my arsenal; whether I'm shooting stills or video.
Summary: Good bang for the buck -- it's like the 50 1.4's Uncle Jim-Bob. Unfortunately, it's a somewhat awkward length, at least on full-frame, and I ended up selling it a few months later because it graced the front of my camera just once in that time. The one time it did was at a concert, and I got some phenomenal shots out of it. Truly impressive, I just never found a need for it after that.
Conclusion: Despite its age, that's still an amazing lens. Unfortunately, it lacks the stabilizer and the AF is not up to the best Canon lenses, but other than that, this lens is just great. Distortion is negligible, vignetting is very well controlled and sharpness is very good throughout the whole frame even at f/2. Bokeh is nice even stopping down. Build quality is good and the quite large MF ring is very helpful if you use the lens with a follow focus.
Summary: This lens is fantabulous. The trouble is, usually when the best macro ops happen, i.e. butterflies, I'm mowing the lawn or doing something else that requires me not to be carrying my camera. I bought this unit because I was intrigued by some of the butterflies I'd seen recently anf wanted to capture the detail.
Mine is 100mm 2.8 IS USM not L series, good and cheaper
19 October 2011
Summary: Good and Cheaper, for macro's lens, this is the best ones, and cheapest too, if u can aford one 180mm go ahead or 100mm L series. thats last two will do u more happy but some people cant afford thats lans L series, and this one cheapest and usefull, chose. Great image, fast AF, and clean picture. i loved it!
Conclusion: I no longer have this lens, but I really enjoyed it while I did. The quality it produces is really excellent. AF is very quick and responsive and it works great in low light. My only complaint is that the build quality could have been better. When I sold the lens, it must have been dropped or something during shipping because upon arrival the focus ring was jammed (though my shipping box and materials were still perfectly intact) Could have been a fluke scenario, I don't...
Pros: Sharp wide-open, fantastic bokeh, responsive AF, physically a small and compact lens for the focal length.
Summary: This lens is razor, razor, razor sharp in ideal lighting conditions. You won't find any difference between this lens and any L lens when shooting in ideal lighting conditions (outdoors on a sunny day or indoors with lighting equipment/flash). I find this to be noticeably sharper than the 85mm f/1.8 in this respect. In less than ideal conditions, however, the lens starts to falter.