Conclusion: This lens is so good it is almost unbelievable. The color this lens captures is beautiful and is very impressive. The lens zooms in and out with ease and focusing is precise and easy to work in manual setting. The only issue I have had with it is when using it with a t5i during a sports game the autofocusing is slow, but upon asking other owner's of this lens with different cameras, they as well as I believe this is due to the fast pace of the switching focuses that...
Summary: I believe I got mine in 2006 or 2007 and it has never disappointed. The f4 works for most outdoor use and it is a lens you can carry easily compared to the 2.8 with foot. The amazing quality really showed when I used it with my now retired film body, but also shows when my 17-85 is at telephoto and this as at its widest.
Pros: Amazing image quality and image stabilization.
Cons: No weaknesses. Nicking it on price would not be fair because the big white Canon lenses are top tier and it seems like they spare nothing to make them.
Summary: The images I got from this lens (traded up to the IS model) are stunning. The first ones i shot in comparison to ones from previous lenses were so good I almost peed myself. This is definitely my favorite lens.
Summary: A Awesome lens for around $1300 Brand New...and one I recommend 100% for the Advanced Amateur and semi-Pro it has the best of both worlds a Decent price and Superior Picture quality plus 4-stop image stabilizer with 2 modes and also 2 focus modes that are very helpful for fast focus, (IS)Image Stabilized 4-stops). Is it right for YOU??.... well that's a hard question but here are some key facts and situations that may help you decide... Pros..
Conclusion: I debated for a long time before shelling out this much on a lens. I couldn't decide between it and the non IS version. I'm so glad I purchased this lens. A big plus to this lens is that it does not change length when you zoom. The images are really sharp, and the image stabilizer is a life saver when needed. This 70-200 is the best bang for your money, go buy this one. You will not regret it, that's for sure!
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images, light weight, amazing is
Summary: This is THE go-to lens for anyone on ANY size sensor, 1.6x, 1.3 or full frame. Images are tack sharp and its MTF charts are bested only by lenses that cost several thousand dollars. The stabilizer is good for 4 stops and works great for pans. I sue mine on a 60d and 5d, on the 60d it works out to a 120-320 f4 and gives me a little more reach, but on the 5D it's a fantastic portrait lens. The range is almost walkaround perfect and the lens feels great in your hands.
Conclusion: Absolutely an unbelievable lens. My previous Canon 70-200 was the f4 non-stablized - I liked it but didn't use it often because it needed a high shutter speed (at least 1/250) and the results weren't quite as sharp as I had hoped (date coded as 2005). Eight months ago I upgraded to the stablized version (date coded as 2011) and I fell in love with this lens. A much, much sharper image combined with the stabilization allows a shutter speed as low as 1/15 of a second.
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images, light weight