6 out of 10 points and recommendedcompact. large focal range.slow lens, soft at long end.
I've taken some outstanding shots with this lens. But... I've also taken some not so good shots which could have been better had I had a sharper, faster lens.reviewed July 21st, 2008 (purchased for $500)
Good all around lens which I would readily recommend it to those who can accept it's limitations (slow lens, not as sharp as others, some softness) for it's merits (28-300mm zoom in one lens).
8 out of 10 points and recommendedimage quality, cost, build quality...
Excellent wide zoom lens. Provides great image quality, outstanding build quality, and excellent wide angle solution.reviewed July 21st, 2008 (purchased for $550)
Only downside I can offer is that it's not an f/2.8 lens but for what you're getting, you can't really complain about that.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedoutstanding image qualitynone!
I can't say enough about this lens' image quality. The size and weight are about right too.reviewed July 21st, 2008 (purchased for $550)
Very good job Sigma!
9 out of 10 points and recommendedGreat image qualityheavy & bulky weight/size.
I have the push pull version not the newer 2 ring version. I purchased it used via craigslist for only $250. For that price, I have absolutely no complaints. If purchased at full price, I'd note the size/weight as a limitation especially w/out a tripod collar (push/pull model) as well as the way the zoom ring has a tendency to slip down when held facing up or down.reviewed July 21st, 2008 (purchased for $250)
Otherwise, I'm sure the 2 ring version is as nice if not nicer than my push/pull model
8 out of 10 points and recommendedLight, Sharp, Fast (f/2.8), great imagesPlasticy feel
Only downside is the plastic / cheap build feel however it's never had a mechanical issue for me so the feel is not a critical issue.reviewed September 7th, 2008 (purchased for $350)
Review says there's no aperture ring. THERE IS & it's clearly visible in the picture of the lens at it's base near the mount. Not sure why the reviewer made this clear blunder but I suspect SLR Gear is just rewriting older reviews of other lenses.
Also, I purchased mine for only ~$350 through a well known used online lens retailer (K E H . c o m) and bought one that had an excellent built rating (highest they had available at the time) & have had not issues with it whatsoever.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedGreat focal length range, sharp images, decent af performance.big heavy lens, not AFS, no longer being made so take care of them if you have one!
This is an excellent portrait or party lens due to its fast aperture and excellent focal range.reviewed April 25th, 2011 (purchased for $250)
It is a bit heavy but not anything I'd really complain about handling. I've heard of issues with the barrel extending due to gravity although I haven't experienced it in my unit (my best friend though has).
That said, I'd recommend it without reservation to any photographer who wants to shoot in moderately close quarters and moderately low lighting.
It's just really too bad that Tamron nor any of the other lens vendors offered an updated equivalent.