I purchased this lens a few months ago and have had adequate opportunity to use it. I have shot several concerts local venues and national acts, I’ve photographed a night wedding and I have taken portraits with it. I am going to approach this with the Pro/Con format.
This is a sturdy lens (see con’s) with 23 elements and an all metal body which is dust & element resistant.
The lens is fast, with that f2.8 I am able to shoot in extremely low light situations; with my Canon 6d I can successfully photograph in near darkness with little noise at an ISO between 800 – 1600. The wedding was a late evening outdoor wedding with very little lighting or should I say very little good lighting. However with the help of the videographer (always make friends with the videographer!) I was able to have enough light to focus and pull some great images, even with the ambient light as long as I had enough to focus with I was golden.
Focusing is quick and tack sharp and extremely fast with a manual override even in auto focus mode. It comes with a removable tripod collar, a hood and a beautiful carrying case.
This lens is HEAVY. 3.28 lbs before you attach it to your camera body. It’s not your day-to-day knock around lens that’s for sure and it requires a steady hand. For such a large lens the telephoto is only up to 200mm on a full frame camera, so if you are looking for something to get the wildlife that’s far in the distance, this would not be the lens to grab.
This lens is not cheap. The starting price is around $2500.00, but it is an “L” lens and it’s one of Canon’s top of the line and premier lens so is it worth the price? That’s for you to decide.
I highly recommend this lens for those who are portrait or wedding photographers. I do photograph portraits and weddings from time to time, but my most of my work is events and large venue concerts. This lens is perfect for those dark venues, with bright lighting. I have had some great results with this lens.
I hope this helps anyone who may be on the fence about making this large of a purchase. Maybe if you are not sure if you want to spend the money, then borrow the lens for a few days, see if it’s what you are looking for. This is exactly what I did, I have a photographer friend who owns this lens and I was able to use it and well, I knew I needed to have it.