Buy it and cry once, pass on it and cry at every photo
Shepherdboy, B&H Photo
24 April 2015
Excerpt: I read a lot, saved a lot and finally decided based on the headline adage. What I have noticed using this lens in place of the 18-135 STM I got with my T4i is the color and photo quality that I now see which I did not get before.
Excerpt: I mostly do landscape and outdoor photography, so sharpness, good color separation and tonality, and fast and accurate autofocus are all important. This lens has it all, at every focal length. It is as good as some macro lenses when used with an extension tube or the Canon close-up accessory lens.
Excerpt: I had the old version of this piece of glass. Same weight I should say. I noticed a more saturated pictures (non edited without a polarizer) compared to my old one. Slow focus sometimes. The picture has the +5 vibrance and +15 saturation.
Excerpt: Been using the f4 version for about ten years, and after renting the f2.8 for an event fell in love with it. Sharp , great bokeh and procuces great images. Of course Adorama is the place to purchase all your photographic needs.
Great Improvement. Image Stabilization works its wonders!
Adil A. S. Alsuhaim, Amazon
7 April 2015
Summary: Many of the reviews here are re-stating the obvious: It's a popular focal length, it's heavy, it's expensive, and it's sharp. We all know that, right? One can go to Flickr and search for the lens and see tons of examples from a particular lens. I'll talk about my experience with it.
Excerpt: -Sharpness is razor through entire range -Even using at f2.8, it's sharper than any lens I own (50 1.4, 85 1.8, 25-105L, etc.) -IS is very quiet when kicks-in (Mark I model was very loud!
Pros: -Sharpness is razor through entire range -Even using at f2.8, it's sharper than any lens I own (50 1.4, 85 1.8, 25-105L, etc.) -IS is very quiet when kicks-in (Mark I model was very loud!) -4 stops of IS + the weight of the lens on the palm of your hand makes for outstanding stabilization even be...
Cons: -Pretty heavy lens, you will need to use a strap that goes across your shoulder to the other side. A straight hanging neck strap will probably be a problem over time, maybe even just an hour or so. -The width of this lens may make handling it difficult for smaller hands (if this is you, try it ou...
but was not happy with the pictures of my grandchildren playing sports
Greg Warren, Amazon
31 March 2015
Summary: I bought a 70D, but was not happy with the pictures of my grandchildren playing sports. Daytime football was great, but anything in the gym or at night, not so much. I started talking to the photographers that all had a version of this. I debated about buying it, it is an investment.