10 out of 10 points and recommendedEXTREMELY SHARP!Variable aperture with a max f/5.6 @ 85mm
I bought this lens in August 2008 and absolutely love it! The 16-85mm range is excellent for most situations (especially landscapes and portrait work). And, I can't emphasize enough how sharp this lens is. Amazing little bugger for the price! Most of the images on my website were shot with this lens, and I always believe the proof is in the puddin'.reviewed January 13th, 2009 (purchased for $596)
My only complaint is the variable aperture, the corner softness and distortion at 16mm combined with larger apertures. Having said that, it's not very often a photographer would need or want a larger aperture at 16mm (except for low light conditions).
Either way, this lens is fantastic and the price/performance ratio is astounding!