Conclusion: You can learn a lot on FM forums and of course, reviews. I bought this lens here after seeing references to the 24-85 in individual posts; looked it up and found the 95% user recommendation. 95% cannot be wrong and the lens I got proves it. Seriously folks $150 +/- ? You can't afford not to have it --- if you own it you will use a lot more than you ever expected --- and marvel at the output. To all who pointed me this direction, a sincere Thank You!
Pros: Sharp overall, esp f/8 and beyond. Good color.
Conclusion: Excellent for the money, good performance even on FF. Zoom a bit wobbly but as with most of Canons mid range consumer zooms it seems pretty tough despite this. Mine is six years old and still going strong. Shame it's a bit slow and has no IS but what do you expect at this price.
Pros: Small light, nice range, quite sharp even wide open, good contrast, decent colour, very fast focus.
Cons: Some distortion, lateral chromatic aberration, not L build, no IS.
Conclusion: i have the "goldfinger" edition , the silver / champagne coloured version orgiinaly designed for the Eos Ix aps camera but now on my Canon eos 300D. the zoom ring is one of the things i bought it for, and the positive reviews on other fora on the internet This lens weighs 300g and that is part of the metal lens bajonet and the usm motor , the range on a cropped body like the 300 D is 38.4mm - 136mm which means that you lose the wide angle on the Canon eos 300 D the build...
Pros: good quality nice heavy lens zoom ring and usm fast focus , silent
Summary: Was working a job and dropped my camera. The lens took the brunt of the drop and had to sent in to be repaired but....I immediately ordered another. It is a great lens..fast accurate and very versitile. Am shooting the art collection of a hospital and can crop with the lens which helps much on the printing of the photos.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Room, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction, Used first one for 6 year
Summary: Bought this lens to replace the cheap 28-90 that came with my Elan 7e. I chose this over the 28-105IS because that extra 4mm on the wide end makes a HUGE difference when it comes to the x1.6 factor of my 10D.
Conclusion: After reading many reviews and comments about this lens, I was somewhat reluctant to buy one, with most of the reviews commenting on lack of sharpness wide open. But when a used one in great shape came available to me for $151. I had to try it. I am totally surprised and satisfied. This is a great lens. I find it sharp wide open at 24mm, and at all other settings. The focusing is fast and accurate, and completely silent.
Pros: Smallish size and weight; great contrast and color, and above all else, sharp.
Summary: I bought one at one year last and I'm very happy with the image quality in my digital 20 D.It's a sharp, fast and quiet lens, and the print on the paper is like a film work.My job is wedding photos and I generally work with f/ 5.6 - f/11 with 2 flashes and the results are excellent.The price is not so expensive by the quality. Problems Encountered: None.