7 out of 10 points and recommendeddecent lensnot too fast and less then impressive contrast
a good lens for the money. a good starting lens. I started off with a Vivitar 100-300 5.6-7.1 zoom. what a godaweful lens. this little guy was a vast improvement. thought not very fast or as high quality as some other glass out there, it does its job. the zoom ring is a litle stiff but other then that its very solid.reviewed September 25th, 2008
the contrast could be better though, I was expecting the classic Minolta colors and was a little disappointed.
7 out of 10 points and recommendedsolid build, good qualitysoft at 300, slightly stiff zoom ring
I have the minolta version of this lens but they seem identical so I will give my reflections on it based on what I discovered about the Minolta.reviewed September 26th, 2008
its a good enough lens, not a top performer but then again we are not paying anywhere near top performer prices are we? for the money its a good lens, very solid feel and weight to it, in my copy the zoom gets stiff at 135 and 200 but that is not a major disadvantage considering the lens starts to get soft after 200 and its sharpest is 135 so if you are zooming while looking through the viewfinder you know you are at 135 when the zoom sticks the first time and if you push past that resistance you know you are at 200 when it sticks again.
This lens will serve me well until I can plunk down the $800 for either a 70-300G or a Sigma 70-200