9 out of 10 points and recommendedsharp, fast, great valueplastic build
fast lens, very sharp (when stoped down a bit). light weight. plastic construction though has a good feel to it. smooth and nice operation to focus ring.reviewed November 15th, 2006 (purchased for $100)
Feels far better to handle than canon equivelent 50mm.
Overall great buy for 100$, well worth it's price.
7 out of 10 points and recommended24mm, macroweighty, build, manual focus, soft
A jack of all trades, relativly fast, usefull zoom range, espcially in the wide side, 24 mm is a real bon over the norm 28mm.reviewed November 15th, 2006 (purchased for $560)
Macro ability is brilliant, you can realy get up close.
Robustly built, however build quilty let down by some playin focus ring and plastic zooming barrel.
Image quality is good (though not brilliant) a bit soft.
lightdrop through these lens is quit large, image through viewfinder is darker and not as crisp compared to other lenses (nikor 80-200/2.8, tamron 28-80/2.8).
Fast autofocus though manual focus is a let down short movment and plasticky feel.
rather pricey for what you get. buy it if you don't care for third brands, want the extra wide angle or macro, otherise the tamron 2.8 is lighter sharper and cheaper.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedbuild quality, image qualityweight, size, price
it looks like a behemoth, build like a tank and weighs like both.reviewed November 15th, 2006
Image quality is brilliant, as is built, sweet operation to both focus and zoom rings (apperture ring doesn't feel like it was ever meant to be twisted).
slow autofocus (with f80 body), though manual focusing is smoth and easy (long through makes fine tuning easy).
quite a heavy lens to lug around.
You get what you pay for. old school optics, fast telephot means alot of glass.
10 out of 10 points and recommendedlooks, image quility, build, size
was hooked onto this lens due to its looks first time I saw it.reviewed November 15th, 2006 (purchased for $470)
a real charmer to use.
fast and extremely sharp.
all metal construction superbly built.
focus ring is a bit small may be a bit tricky if you have a large hand.