Excerpt: being just a hobbiest I am going from a standard lens that was included with my Canon RebelT3i to this lens. I wanted to upgrade my gear w/o maxing my CC. I was surprised by the size and weight but still easy to work with. I was looking for better sharpness and DOF for smaller space shooting areas--this lens is perfect!!
Excerpt: I bought this for a wedding. I didn't want to have to change lens and it did great for what I needed. I am happy with it for the versatility. It did not wow me by any means like some of the prime 50mm lens I have shot but I needed something so that I would not miss the shot and this one was pretty much a guarantee to cover the focal range I needed.
Pros: Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I read other reviews and wasn't sure if this lens would be a good investment, but after using it during an evening event, I was very happy that I got this lens. The f2.8 capability resulting in photos I would have not been able to get had I used the "kit" lens. I used it with my Canon 70D and 580EX II flash and was extremely happy with the focusing speed and overall image quality, even when the subject was 20 to 30 feet away.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction