9 out of 10 points and recommendedInexpensive in comparison to other 70-300 optionssome occassional wild-colored pixels
I read a lot of reviews to figure out the differences between this and other similarly-named lenses that were much more expensive; I think this is a great lens for "prosumers" like myself. I found that you DO get the occassional wild-colored pixel or small pixel cluster from time to time. In most pictures, it may not even be noticed. In the really important pictures, it's easy to paint it out using the clone tool or healing brush in Photoshop. The image quality is very satisfactory.reviewed January 7th, 2007 (purchased for $179)
I had been trying to use a great old Nikon SLR lens with my D70 - which is great, but using a lens that actually talks to the camera is SO much easier...expecially for sports photography where you don't have as much time to monkey around with settings.