I find the "value for money" being rated that high slightly askew for this lens considering its price. Great lens sure, but can go wider than F2.8, no IS, and a seriously high price really bring down the "value" in my opinion. Something like the 70-200 F4 I find a serious good value, along with the 135L and a few other lenses. This is absolutely a great lens however. Just my opinion though.