This lens is wonderful lens and for less $300 you can touch this! It is sharp, contrasty and easy to set the focus manually by estimating the distance and setting the distance on the focusing ring. My only reservation was that the focusing scale was off. My lens focuses best in the middle of the "8mm" written on the lens. Looking up other people's reviews this is a common yet minor problem. I would have given this lens 5-stars if the focusing scale was correct. The focusing scale can be readjusted if your lens is off. See the following link for more information: http://
This is a follow up to my post/review from a few months back. I've been using this lens now for quite a bit of time and have shot around a lot with it. One thing I've noticed and had read before is that the lens tends to shoot dark. I've found this to be true so adequate lighting (natural or via flash) is critical to compensate for this. I love the Canon Speedlite 430 II flash and it's exposure compensation feature which helps immensely. This lens can also generate quite a bit of noise so be sure to have the ISO set correctly for the conditions on your camera. Also, you'll need to shoot on "P" mode or "TV/SV" mode so you can align the focal length with the lens size; example, 300mm lens, 300 or more shutter speed to eliminate camera shake. A lot to remember but if you do these things you'll be happy with this lens. Still a thumbs up for price/value! Enjoy and shoot well...
The price was right, and the image quality is good. The manual operation takes some getting used to, but my Nikon D200 and D2H both offer exposure metering with this lens while in the Manual mode. (My D100 does not.) With a little practice, I was able to get properly exposed images every time. It does not auto-focus, of course, but that hardly makes any difference. The depth of field is so great that you almost don't have to worry about focusing at all. For those who can't afford or justify Nikon's 10.5 mm lens (and I fall into that category), this is a good alternative.
I BOUGHT THIS LENS TO PUT ON MY OLD CANON EOS REBEL TO TAKE WITH ME WHILE DRIVING AROUND. I WASN'T SURE IT WOULD LIVE UP MY EXPECTATIONS, BUT WAS WILLING TO SETTLE FOR A LITTLE LESS. BOY, WAS I SUIRPRISED. IT HAS GOOD QUALITY, IS WELL MADE, AND TAKES BEAUTIFUL PICTURES FOR REAL. THE AUTO FOCUS IS A LITTLE SLOW, BUT WHEN IT LOCKES IN, YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE. THE AUTO FOCUS IS A LITTLE STIFF, BUT I THINK IT WILL NEVER HAVE ANY LENS CREEP. I CARANKED IT UP TO 300MM AND CAUGHT A HAWK IN FLIGHT. IT TOOK ON OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PICTURES EVER. IF YOU LEARN TO USE THE LENS PROPERLY, LIKE EVERYTING ELSE, YOU WILL FIND NO FAULT WITH IT. I HAVE A 70-300 IS USM, AND IT TOO IS KING OF THE ROAD. I HOPE CANON STAYS ON THE RIGHT PATH, AS RIGHT NOW THEY PRODUCE THE BEST LENS FOR THE MONEY, PERIOD.
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