Great little lens
I bought this to experiment with and didn't have any long terms plans with it. After shooting with it on a Rebel T3 and an EOS 50D I can say this is a staple in my kit now. I love it.
It's color, detail, and sharpness are amazing for the price. On an APS-C camera it can be used as a portrait lens. It does not rely on software later to fix the image; corners, edges, all sharp and not distorted; no CA that I can find.
CONS: noisy motor and hunts in low light. Otherwise, none.
That aside, this is one of my favorite lenses now.
May 6, 2013
A must have lens.
I love this lens. The good: Tack sharp images effortlessly, light and compact, super affordable. The bad: The auto focus is laggish.. especially in low light conditions. This is easily avoided by using manual focus. The build is very plasticy.. but honestly, who cares? Its not a con, more of a fact. I have no complaints about this lens, it keeps right up with my much more expensive lenses.
April 11, 2013
Takes wonderful indoor photo's. All of my other lenses have IS in them, and i was concerned that this lens didn't have it . It takes great pictures hand held even without the IS in the lens. I couldn't be happier. Great price too!!
March 21, 2013
Best bang-for-your-buck lens EVER!
I've had my copy for about 3 years now and it never ceases to amaze me...
It just works wonders on a full frame camera and (especially considering the price) it can really producre some fantastic images!
f/1.8 on a full frame is all you ever need for throwing the background out of focus in most cases, unless your subject is really far away...
The build quality is nothing to rave about and some caution while using is advised, it won't survive whenever you drop it for example. I don't find it as flimsy as suggested by some people, but keep in mind that it's plastic with not-so-tightly assembled moving parts ;)
The AF is generally slow and may hunt occasionally, but only when it's really dark...
All things considered this is certainly a must buy lens if you don't own anything similar or when you cannot afford to spend a ton on another lens!
January 10, 2013