7 out of 10 points and recommendedWide open: shallow depth of field and fastUnreliable focusing
This lens is really mixed bag. When the focus hits the target it delivers brilliant results. But too often the focusing is all over the place. So even when results can be really good, usefulness is hindered by the need to take several shots just to be certain to get one good. I'm using it mainly indoors with Nikon d50, which is quite demanding for focusing. Outdoor I have got quite severe reflections when used it without hood.reviewed November 27th, 2006 (purchased for $350)
Build quality seems to be ok, when comparing to other similarly priced lenses.
Manual focusing is next to impossible with my d50. It's my second copy, firs one back focused with AF.
Still, for Nikon there's nothing affordable to replace it. So try it before buying it, it might be great.
8 out of 10 points and recommendedLight, fast and sharpCould have faster aperatures
Nothing bad to say about this lens, delivers what it promises. In good lightning results are very good. In low light it just isn't able to do miracles.reviewed November 27th, 2006 (purchased for $300)
Good value choice for midrange zoom, if you have too much money I would imagine that better can be found.
8 out of 10 points and recommendedBuild and image qualityQuite big and heavy
Surprisingly fast focus, manual focusing usable. M/A focus switch is bit funny.reviewed November 27th, 2006 (purchased for $390)
When used with care seems to give brilliant results, but getting decent macro photos is demanding. Besides for macro photos it seems to be quite nice for upper torso portraits.