Had my first go with the new lens today. Wasn’t hugely successful but it was as flat/grey as it gets so I wasn’t expecting much. With the hood on, it is a big old beast, that alone makes me glad not to have the 2.8, I think that would be too heavy.

I can see the benefits of having IS though. With it being so dull I was struggling to get a shutterspeed that would stop camera shake. I’m sure the IS version would have helped a lot with that, but would have stung me for a lot more. When I did get 1/125 or so, the lens was sharp as a tack. Hopefully it’ll be easier on a brighter day. Or maybe I was just shivering, it was around freezing.

Anyway, looks like it is going to be a good portrait lens, which was part of the thinking when choosing it.