Bob Andersson wrote:
Great news that you are planning a User Review so I agree that this section is the best place for your thread.
But there's still an opportunity for you to create a thread for this lens in the Gallery unless, of course, someone else beats you to it in which case you'd have to add your images to the existing thread.
Thank you Bob. I've used this lens on a few outings and here's my user review.
The lens is bigger and heavier than the kit lens and the Sigma 18-125mm DC OS HSM (my usual walkaround lens). The filter sizes are 58mm, 67mm and 72mm, respectively. Even so, the extra weight is managable on my 450D. Here are some photos comparing the three lenses, physically:
It's really useful being able to go from sufficient wide angle on a cropped sensor camera to telephoto, at the flick of the wrist. I think being able to crop in the lens is better than cropping the final image but this is debatable.
I didn't notice any real problems at 18mm or 200mm, as you'll see from the photos at the beginning of this thread.
Image quality? Well, I think you should judge this from the evidence - the photos in this thread and on Flickr.
I usually take portraits with the EF50mm f/1.4 but this weekend I wanted to see how versatile this lens is as an all-in-one. I used a Speedlite 430EXII mounted on my 450D (and the RC-1 remote control for my self-portraits). Please ignore the noise as the ISO was set to Auto (and I really must learn to change it!).
Anisah & Yusuf
Are there any questions or comments?