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Is it worth the money? Oh Yes!
on 16 August 2011
I had a Canon 70-300mm "kit" lens when I bought the camera, but just could not get on with it, even though I tried hard to for some time. 2 problems,(1) if carrying it the lens has to be locked to the 70mm position or else it gradually extends much longer than this one, (easily forgotten),and even if you remember to do this you have to remember to unlock it for use! & (2), during zooming OR focusing the barrel rotates, making the use of polarising filters (or I presume graduated ND filters)at best irritating, and realistically not practical. So after much deliberation I eventually got this lens, and Oh Wow!
A few test shots just of flowers in the garden showed what it's capable of, the shots could be blown up to poster size and be more than perfectly acceptable, veins on the flowers individually standing out with a few dew drops showing I did'nt even know were there! This is on a "crop sensor body" NOT a 5D or equivalent! The colour saturation is also fantastic, and it puts another "L" lens, the 24 - 105mm, slightly in it's shadow.. I don't think I have ever had a lens that so impressed me at the first try.
For some reason the "bokeh" with this lens is slightly better than that of the 24 - 105 at the same settings, and it seems to have even better contrast, not very much, but a little.
I will take as read those reviews that say how good the IS is, yes you can hear it operate, (quietly), and I didn't try to test it at low light levels, but indoor shots were fine at 1/60th about 80% of the time, (although Canon only suggest you go down to 1/200th, I think that's a bit cautious of them). Would I miss the extra 100mm of the kit lens? Well no, and on a "crop sensor" model like mine, a 200mm lens equates to a 320mm one, and I think this is far enough to push "hand held" shots, and although wildlife users might prefer the extra length, try looking at the cost of a top prime Canon lens at these lengths, (ouch), especially as the 70 - 300 falls off in performance above 200mm. In short, although I was VERY reluctant to spend the money, I think this is the best piece of photographic equipment I have ever owned! If you only ever buy one "L" lens, GET THIS ONE!
The only drawback is the weight, it's a fair bit heavier than a "kit" lens, and you will certainly feel this the longer you carry it, but in the end it's worth it!