8 out of 10 points and recommendedcompactness, range of telephoto, sturdiness, ISprice, soft at 300 mm
With an APS-C sensor, this lens covers 112 to 480 mm. At 300 mm (480 mm equivalent), it is a bit soft, but at other lengths, I've been very happy with sharpness and color. Its compactness makes it a great travel lens.reviewed December 10th, 2006 (purchased for $1,150)
It is sturdy. I dropped this from a park bench onto asphalt--about a 15-inch fall--and it needed no repair. I did have the included hood sheathing the lens at the time, and I'm sure that helped absorb the shock. I wonder how a lighter, more plastic lens might have fared.
The zoom ring can be hard to turn. I use the push-pull method, and find that it works fine for me.