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Good Lens; Could be Better
on May 9, 2012
The lens has a great zoom range, and takes nice clean, sharp pictures thanks to the image stabilization. However, the auto-focus doesn't work all that well if the lighting isn't perfect. Given a nice sunny day, the auto-focus is very responsive and accurate. If you're indoors, or shooting at dusk, be prepared to wait up to several seconds for the focus to be set; if it can acquire focus at all. I find that if I am dealing with dim lit shots of a static subject, manual focus is much more effective.
Upon the first use of this lens, I thought something was broken. This is because the image stabilization makes a light grinding noise. While the noise can be annoying while taking pictures, it can be catastrophic when recording a video. Consider that the grinding noise is coming from a lens directly attached to the camera. This grinding travels very well to the internal microphone, and is forever recorded with your video.
As a side note: It would also be nice if Canon started putting their lens caps on leashes. For those that don't like a dangling lens cap, they can remove it. For those who like it, we wouldn't have to buy a new lens cap!