10 out of 10 points and recommendedCheap, EXTREMELY Sharp, Fast, Decent build qualityCA, A little more distortion than other 35mm lenses.
Bottom line this is an AWESOME lens regardless of its price. Its sharp as a tack, light weight, and while the AF may not be as fast as other primes I feel like its fast enough to never be a problem. AF is also quite silent.reviewed April 20th, 2009 (purchased for $250)
There has been so much talk about the bad CA on this camera. Let me say that in real world use, from taking pics outside in birght sun to doing photoshoots with bright strobes, the majority of the time the CA isnt noticeable until you start cropping or viewing closer to 100%. I was quite worried when I purchased this lens because of all the CA talk but from experience I can say that its not nearly as bad as people make it seem. Many of the people making these claims have never even shot with the lens.
Anywho.. As I said before images are always very sharp. Wide open is a bit softer of course but still sharp enough to make the shooter happy. I hoenstly feel like the other all performance of this lens is well above its price range.
Build quality is good.. yes its made out of plastic.. yes its not the most solid feeling lens around but in its price range what do you expect. The build quality is much higher than the 18-55mm kitlens and the 55-200mm VR. Both of which I actually own. No part of the lens feels loose or flemsy. The focus ring is smooth yet firm. Absolutely nothing wrong with the build quality.
If you want a fast prime with good IQ this is definately the lens to get unless your using an FX camera. THERE IS WAY TOO MANY OPINIONS BEING FORMED FROM "TESTS" THAN FROM REAL WORLD USE.. THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE.
**This review is based on use on both my D90 and D40