SUPER sharp lens - probably the best, sharpest lens I've ever owned. DXOMark has it rated as their 3rd best lens on the market. You can't go wrong here!
My first and only L lens, this zoom exceeds my expectations, amazingly sharp at all apertures. It fits into my smallish camera bag, and is rather light. Minor distortion at the extreme ends is easily dealt with in processing software. Unless you have an EG-D screen with lines (5D and 6D SLRs), or call up the "level" in Live View, frame a little large, so that you don't lose image area cropping after straightening your horizon.
Having read many magazine reviews on this product, I bought this liens to go with my 50D especially for very low light shooting. Having had many disappointing results I made some test on the lens. I thought my first set of test was faulty so I repeated the test 3 times to confirm my findings. To do the test I place a wooden metre ruler on a table top with the ruler going away from the camera. The camera was set on a tripod at an angle 45 degrees onto the ruler. The focus was on the centre of the ruler which was 2.5 metres (just under 8 feet) from the camera. A cable release was use to minimise camera shake The test was done under low light as I would normally intend for the lens to be use. The following are the average of the 4 sets of test I made At f1.4 - unsharp results - back focus 1.5 inches At f1.6 - unsharp results - front focus 0.5 inches At f1.8 - better sharp sharpness but still not tack sharp - back focus 1 inch At f2.0 - slightly sharper again - front focus 0.75 inch At f2.2 - tack sharp - focus spot on At f2.5 - sharpness start to deteriorate - back focus 1.5 inch At f2.8 - sharpness gone - back focus 2 inches At f3.2 - back focus 3 inches At f3.5 - back focus 3.5 inches At f4 - back focus 4 inches. Testing was not done on other f-stop. If you were to purchase this lens I would suggest strongly for you to test for the best f-stop for your lens.
I recieved this awesome lens to use with my nikon d3300. What a steal. Look around and a lens with the 200mm lens's are over a 1000 dollars all day long and the plus is this is a 70-300mm lens the macro feature's it is amazing how clear that even the smallest object comes in clear and clean. So while they last you can't go wrong on this set. I was surprised at the quality of this lens was works great with auto focus or manual you choose. This lens is huge compared to this stock nikon lens its easy to use and the feel of the lens is very comfortable with the rubberised coating. And what all you get its a great lens for the price. I subscribe to a photo mag and they give it high ratings so if you want a great lens that you can use for either professional use or the home this lens is for you
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