In the past two years, the 11X IS superzoom has become the ideal general-purpose lens -- certainly for shooters whose cameras don't have on-board shake reduction. This Canon fits the mold. Very light and compact, it's a gracious and adaptable traveling companion. Impressively sharp, it's also an obvious choice for hand-held low-light pictures, including event and theater work. Its real fortes, however, are close-up macro subjects, distant wildlife, and almost everything in between. Sports? Go for it!