8 out of 10 points and recommendedprice, IS, quality of imageslow aperture on long end, slight play in barrel
This lens is capable of good image quality. However, you have to do some work for it:reviewed June 6th, 2009 (purchased for $580)
1. On the long end the effect of IS is abt 2 stops: On an aps-c camera i need to use 1/160 sec at 300 mm.
2. above 250 mm you can use f5,6 in the short and middle distance, to abt 20 metres. If you shoot farther away, use f8 for better results.
3. take care attaching the lens hood. The instruction manual says that you can do it without holding the focus ring. I say HOLD the ring; you don't wrench the motor in this way.
If you handle your lens this way it's capable of good to very good photographs. If you don't, you might think your lens is defective. It's not, your technique with the lens is.
I have learned to use and therefore to love it.
PS lens length is as marked on lens, not calculated for aps-c
9 out of 10 points and recommendedrather light, good balance on XE-1, sharp, OIS, low distortionratherbig (not toooo big)
Very versatile lens, from very wide to moderate normal. Very handy for city shooting and landscape work. Good color rendition, good sharpness, OIS very handy in low light shooting.reviewed April 16th, 2014 (purchased for $999)