8 out of 10 points and recommendedRelatively fast, solid build, aperture ring, excellent Macro capabilityVery soft wide open, no VR, quite hefty
I got this lens because it's faster than most kit zooms, but not huge like the 24-70, it's compatible with my film body, and it has a decent 1:2 macro ability.reviewed February 19th, 2014 (purchased for $400)
It's capable of great shots, but it's pretty disappointing wide open. The system of switching in and out of macro mode is a bit annoying, but fine once you're used to it.
The price I paid was on eBay for a 2nd hand model with very light signs of use.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedSmall, light, very sharp, fast focusingMediocre build quality (a bit loose)
This is really the first lens any DX shooter should get. It would be nice to have a similarly small and inexpensive 24mm f1.8 (35mm equivalent) for DX.reviewed February 19th, 2014 (purchased for $200)