9 out of 10 points and recommendedUltrasharp, leightweight, fastfocus
When i decided to buy a DSLR my focus was on the quality of the lens. I searched for reviews for the Nikon Lenses Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G and Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G but both lenses were not fast and the Image Quality was not outstanding at all.reviewed November 28th, 2006 (purchased for $420)
I searched for alternatives and found this lens. When i shared the first photos with my nikon colleagues they all were amazed about the image quality and so i;
To get good picture qulality you can start fro m step 2.8; in tests vignetting described high but as far i had no problems with it.
Focusing is fast and i did not recognize noise; But this may be different to your demands making silent exposures.
A great thing is the macro capability with this lense. It's not a full macro but compared to the competitors it's top!
The fast lens gives you ability even at low light to shot pictures without or with a litte bit flash support. Flashed pictures tends to overexposure at 2.8 -4.0. i usually reduced my built in flash with -1 step and get great results;
Build quality is ok. A full metal would even give more trust in build quality.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedultra fast, lightweightnoisy, autofocus on low light with Nikon D50
I use this lens as an addition to my tamron 17-50 Zoom. The lens isn't full metal as already told. the focusing ring and the lense hood are metal.reviewed December 9th, 2006 (purchased for $550)
first i tested this lense indoor at evening having normal artificial light; I wundered that the autofocus was not as reliable as with my tamron zoom. When the lens did not find the focus it gots very noisy searching the right focus from one to the other end. This is a little bit disappointing for a low light lense.
But experience showed soon it is often better to focus manually. I think the small focus range of the lense makes it for the auto focus system of D50 harder to get the correct focus.
Then i went outside - downtown and was very impressed to shoot pictures with ISO400 and 1.8 Appertue at times about 1/125s! Some poeple looked strange at me doing this all without flash!
This lens is an optical cutting machine - with open aperture you can extract everything you want too.
My daugter soon loved this lense walking around and making interesting pics.
pictures seems are very brilliant if you get the right focus.
A very special glass - one of my diamands!
a little bit expensive in europe!