9 out of 10 points and recommendedSmall, Light, Bright and CheapCheap, Noisy
I now rarely use this lens because I recently purchased a SAL1650 that is much sharper than this lens. I did use it for some time though and for an inexpensive lens it had pretty good image quality. It was quite capable of taking good portrait shots indoors. I have recently bought Macro extension tubes and an adapter to mount this lens backwards to use it as a macro lens and it works great.reviewed January 2nd, 2012 (purchased for $150)
My biggest issue with this lens is the amount of noise it produces when focusing and how slow it is to do so.
For a $150.00 lens I think it's an easy addition to a camera bag that needs an Ok performing portrait lens.
10 out of 10 points and recommendedSharp, Fast, Quiet, Smooth, Bright and solid build qualityNo focus hold button (like on the 70400G), Not optimized for full frame
I love this lens, on my A77 I would put it up against any Prime or Zoom in the 16mm to 50mm range from any competitor. I have gotten VERY sharp images from this lens especially when stopped down to F4. This is a fantastic walk around lens and if you need one in this focal range buy it, you will not be dissapointed.reviewed January 2nd, 2012 (purchased for $800)
10 out of 10 points and recommendedQuiet, Quick, Sharp, Focus hold buttons and Fit and FinishSmall Tripod mount foot and the zoom creeps out when held down.
This lens is almost always attached to my A77. I have been very happy with the image quality from it. Some say it is expensive but I find it to be competitive compared to other brands in it's range. I used to own a Sigma 50-500 and gladly sacraficed the 100mm of reach for the sharpness I get with this lens at all focal lengths.reviewed January 2nd, 2012 (purchased for $1,600)