9 out of 10 points and recommendedExcellent image quality at a great price pointNoisy AF drive
I've been shooting with this lens for 5 months now and find it to be a great Macro and Portrait lens. Over all this is an excellent prime lens that is getting more use than I expected when I purchased it and have no regrets in its purchase.reviewed November 27th, 2006 (purchased for $440)
8 out of 10 points and recommendedGreat valus as p/o the D70s kit.Manual focus ring feels cheep and is very compressed
All-in-all a very nice lens, I don't know that I would of bought it as a seperate item if I didn't get it with my D70s.reviewed November 27th, 2006
However, this lens has proven to be very versital. The 18-70 (27-105) range has proven itself in the field and is the only lens I carry when packpacking and hiking.
My only gripe is when manual focusing and that is a common thing with most AF lenses.
7 out of 10 points and recommendedPrice/valuethe macro switch, soft at focal lengths > 200mm
was actually looking for something in the 200mm range and decided that for under $200 I would give this lens a try (not much to loose if I didn't like it). As I just recently purchased this lens I haven done much serious work with it yet but I am quite satisfied with the test shots I've taken espically if I stay below 200mm. Even the test shots I took at 300mm (on a bright clear day) weren't all that bad.reviewed April 9th, 2007 (purchased for $179)
For it's macro feature, once you get it into it's macro mode it does take some nice shots (note: a tripod is a must for macro shots at these focal lengths). Then the challange is getting the lens out of macro mode, luckly I was home because I had to go find teh bloody book to figure out how to exit the macro mode.
Bottom line, if you're looking for a lens with a working range of 70-200 with the ocasional foray above 200mm this lens is a good value.