single_track wrote in post #11138501
Optically, this lens is newer in design and performance, beyond the addition of the IS function. They are different lenses even ignoring the IS function. There are numerous threads addressing this issue as it has been raised before.
The price delta represents this performance gain, not just the addition of IS.
Thank you for that answer. That explains what I initially thought about this lens. It seems that I don't need my eyes tested after all
I have searched a number of archives on a number of forums, asked a few questions, and generally the answer is that they SHOULD be the same, and even that the IS is just a gimmick for a few more dollars. Makes you wonder whether people actually know the product they own, or profess to own. This is why POTN is my go to site, I generally have faith in the people here who have a genuine love for photography and their equipment. Even when a so called stupid question is asked, an honest answer is not that far away.
Thanks again for your answer, I am now looking for the IS.
Kind Regards, Dutch