Al lot of people agree with you per the web but some say not being sealed which allows dust in is a piss off especially for the money.
That said, dust DOES get inside this lens and I had a decent speck on the front element within 2 weeks of ownership and light use. However, front element dust has no effect on the images and these lenses can easily be opened up and cleaned- there are DIYs out there. The miracles that this lens can pull off with low light easily outweigh any concerns about dust or "non-L" build quality.
this lens works great all the time. but i did replace it with the canon 24-105mm for my 7d. with the high iso of the 7d the 2.8 isnt an issue compared to the extra length of the 24-105mm L. and its an L. but i shoot portraits and wedding where it is perfect on the crop. if i just shot landscapes i would have kept it its a great lens. i would recommend it to anyone... but then i would probably convince them to buy the 24-105L its just so much better and use a wide angle to cover the wide end. i give it 5 stars but for the same prize i would go L.Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras its just better in so many ways. i dont worry about dropping it.
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