Physics? Try magic. This lens is, quite simply, the best glass I’ve ever had the pleasure to use. Adjectives like “stellar,” “remarkable,” and “extraordinary” don’t do it justice. It’s that good. It’s just a shame this quintessential Canon glass occupies such an awkward focal length because it possesses the preternatural ability to absorb light where there is none. Wide open, it’ll render a sharp, almost 3–dimensional look to any subject in its field of vision.
Its uncanny capacity to paint contrasty, saturated images in the dark makes it an ideal concert lens and, if you’ve got enough room to take a few steps backward, it’ll deliver portraits gorgeous enough to hang in the National Gallery. This lens might just be supernatural.
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