Bad bokeh limits it's usefulness.

Started Jun 20, 2014 | User reviews thread
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Bad bokeh limits it's usefulness.
Jun 20, 2014

Been using one of these now for about 8 months,  purchased new,

build quality is ok,  not up to l series odviously,  but fine if you actually take care of your lenses...

all the functionality is  good,  and the  IS has proven to be surprisingly usefull both for stills and for video work,..

first complaint is the price of the lens hood  (  And because of the unusual filter size knocks offs are rare.)  Which is frankly ludicrously expensive...

Sadly the lens has one major flaw....  The awful bokeh wide open...  wide open the lens produces a nice useable narrow DOF for portrait or PJ work in available light.. but the bokeh is really ugly.... So much so that my office manager even commented on some of the work produced with it.

the 35 f2 should IMHO be the standard go to lens...   But this one is let down by the terrible wide open bokeh.

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