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Good quality for price!
on September 24, 2013
This lens is ideal for someone who maybe cannot afford a higher quality Canon lens, as at the price it is excellent value for money.
It does not have image stabilisation, but is light enough and balenced enough to hand hold fully extended at speeds as low as a 60th of a second without noticeable camera shake. There is some colour distortion and image distortion when used wide open, so I suggest f8, f11 when edge to edge image quality is at it's best.
I have used it both on a full frame and APS-C sensor body and found the increased focal length on the C-sensor to be very useful as it then acts as a 105mm to 480mm lens equivalent. However with the increased megapixels of the full frame body it is stil possible to crop centre sections of the image for enlargement to 10x8 or even 15x12 prints..
It has limitations on the speed of autofocus taking considerably longer than an L series lens, but with careful planning will give good results even with relatively quick subject movement.
In summary I would say if you just need an occasional mid tele zoom, or are on a budget you wont be disappointed if you use this lens carefully and within it's boundaries.