Summary: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. This is my new BFF and I can't imagine life without her. Sharp images. Picture perfect and all at F/2. I was surprised given the price and wondered if I would have buyer's remorse, but this lens quickly became my favorite and I am thrilled. Perfect for shooting landscapes or portrait subjects from a further distance. I find this lens very beneficial when photographing children so you aren't in their space and you can still capture beautiful moments.
Summary: I like to occasionally shoot pics of people and did have the 135 f2 L lens. Very heavy when mounted on my 5DM2. I wanted something lighter in weight. This lens, while light weight, is surprisingly sharp and well made. Wide open (which is how I like to shoot) this lens has very nice blur (bokeh) yet your subject will be sharply in focus. This lens does not come with a lens hood/shade.
Summary: Very sharp, focusing speed is very fast. Chromatic aberration is not good when outside, but can be corrected with software. Same with vignetting. No noticeable distortion. Bokeh quality is okay. Overall excellent value.
Summary: This is a great lens for the price. You get near L series lens picture for less than 1/2 the price. I have shot high school sports, both indoor and outdoor. I also shot portraits. Just a great overall lens.
Summary: If you are looking for high quality images, especially on a budget, you cannot lose with this lens. It is my "GO TO" lens for studio portraiture, and when compared to other lenses I've tried, this one captures a TON of detailed resolution with great color rendition. Outside it's great to, super sharp, and in certain shots it can give your pictures that 3D look that everyone covets. Auto focus is ALWAYS spot on, almost never misses a shot, and it's quick too.
Razor sharp detail with macro ability makes all of my photos look amazing
26 May 2013
Summary: Super sharp glass. I bought this for the macro capabilities and especially for the sharpness of detail. Amazing. I didn't think things could look this sharp. The "L" designation doesn't disappoint.
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.