A friend bought one of these a few weeks ago. At the time (and every time he showed me a great photo since) I jokingly asked to borrow it, but without any huge conviction given it’s a thousand pound lens…
Imagine my surprise when he arrived at my door yesterday morning and handed it to me.
Suffice to say, that was the end of the weekend of chores and I’ve been shooting ever since.
Initial impressions are it’s heavy. Especially on a 400D body. It totally dwarfs the rest of the camera, but it’s still much more usable than I expected with the barrel width not encroaching on hand space very much at all.
Focus is fast. Blisteringly so, you don’t notice it seeking a huge amount either. The IS is noisy and seems to run for a little while after the shot as well which was a shock when I heard it.
In terms of image quality, it’s simply stunning. The bokeh it produces it lovely and the sharpness is to die for.
I’ve no intention of spending long periods of time seeing if it works well with low light or if the IF is good for 2 stops or 3. there are plenty of sites and people who’ve done that already.
Suffice to say, if you’re in the market for a superb zoom and you have the sort of cash needed, this is a great looking piece of kit.
Right, I’m off out to the park to see what other shots I can get before he realises just how nuts it was to loan me a lens like this!