9 out of 10 points and recommendedVersatilityshadowing
As a general travel lens this is brilliant. I use it on the Nikon D70 and D70s with great results on both. Having just returned from a trip to Northern Australia we managed a respectable 3000 shots through it in two weeks.reviewed October 19th, 2007 (purchased for $357)
Some of the shots display shaowing around the edges at the 250 mm end but as long as you consider this when taking the photo these are easily removed br cropping.
The creep on the lens, if you do not have the lock on occurs very easily, and when you have the lock on you need to rememebr to flick it off quick when looking fo rthat grab shot.
I am very happy with the lens and when compared in price to the Nikon equivalent it comes up good for me.
The focusing can be a little disturbing some times and many reviews and comments have been made about this lens and it sfocusing. It can easily go past the shot and then back to minimum. PLaying around with the ofcusing gets it there but you can miss the shot if you are not careful.
Overall though I ma happy with the lens and like all things practice makes perfect and I am sure it will not take long and the shots will become better form this lens