Quality product, light weight, small in size,and very sharp hand held pic's
1 April 2012
Summary: I really love this lens. You can buy Canon 70-300mm lens from $200.to $2000. or more and none are close to the features and sharpness of this lens.In fairness I would say a two grand lens would be as sharp if you don't mind carrying a ton of weight and bulk.That brings me to the DO zoom/macro lens which is compact and easily manageable.It could be a "walk around lens" due to the focusing as close as 54".
Conclusion: I have used this lens for over 3 years and I have found that the Canon 70-300mm DO IS lens to be real work horse in photographing historical and battle reenactments and on my travels. I can use the short end to set up the scene and the 300mm for close in and detail pictures. I bought this lens as a step up from the 100-300mm USM and have been extremely pleased with the results.
Conclusion: This lens is for someone who... ...doesn't need L quality ...can afford up to $1000 ...wants a small lens for travel and/or candids . My wife and I call this the spy lens. We do a lot of traveling, and only take carry-ons so size does matter. More importantly (as others have said), people get uncomfortable when you point a huge lens at them. I get great candids with both this and my 85mm 1.8 without subjects realizing they're being shot.