Excerpt: I knew it from the reviews but... pretty significant lens creep out of the box. Reasonable sharpness for the price. Just needed an inexpensive walk around lens and a lens I can take on the river without the worry of ruining the "L" lens. It will work but come on Canon, get the creep out!
Excerpt: I just purchased this lense a month ago. Took it on a photo shoot and the pics turned out great but cause I like to keep my camera on a tri pod while walking the lense would creep all the way out while pointed downwards. I've exchanged this lense 3 times now with the same problem.
Excerpt: It is a nice lens and it is versatile. The only downside of it for now, it expand by itself when the camera is in a face down position like when I use my BlackRapid strap. I contacted Canon and they said me it is normal.
Excerpt: I really like this lens. I use it almost daily for a huge variety of shoots. From close up nature photography to portraits I do it all with this lens. I would love to 'love' this lens. However, it is quite heavy and through use the lens creep is atrocious.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Excerpt: The lens doesn't seem to do well in low light. When the lens is pointed down, it has insuffient friction to maintain the zoom. So if you point it down, it zooms out fully. I find this highly irritating. In good light, it performs well throughout its length.
Excerpt: Camera and lens work well togeather for my use. This is a replacement lens to my orginal, which i happend to break setting my camera down in its soft case, lense first. Inside spider gear that works the zoom broke....cheaper to replace than fix...
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Conclusion: I am an advanced beginner in photography, shooting digital for the last 5 years. This lens is a good overall walk around lens, with sharpness being an issue only at the widest angle. The lens does zoom itself put, especially when carrying it on your shoulder or pointing it downwards.
Pros: Fast auto-focus, image stabilizer, metal mount, wide angle to short tele
Cons: Semi-sharp images, mainly plastic, lens slippage, lack of wide aperture, no lens hood, heavy, image sharpness varies
Excerpt: I am an advanced beginner in photography, shooting digital for the last 5 years. This lens is a good overall walk around lens, with sharpness being an issue only at the widest angle. The lens does zoom itself put, especially when carrying it on your shoulder or pointing it downwards.
Summary: This lens has excellent glass and performs very well, but the zoom creep is horrible. I have a lens band on it and that works, but for the price the lens should not have this much creep. I have a 15-85 Canon and it has zero creep.