Well, I went out and purchased one of the "L" lenses from Canon. I have been shooting for just under 1 year and I thought it would help me become better with my skills as a photographer. Not so... For any who may think that the equipment helps. That is probably only so if you know how to use it. I am very disappointed in myself, not the lens. I can see this road is going to be a lot steeper than I thought it would be.