10 out of 10 points and recommendedExcellent sharpness from 70-200mm, VR is amazing! , great contrast and colorsFor the price I would say NONE. Being a vee bit soft from 200-300mm is acceptable.
It is amazingly sharp till 200mm. Its contrast and colors are simply superb. But that is not what floored me...what did was the VR. VR works like a charm! I was able to shoot a few stage plays at 1/10 of a second in extremely low light and get GOOD results with my D80!reviewed October 8th, 2009 (purchased for $350)
The lens makes a low whirring sound when VR engages, but it is nothing which disturbs my shooting. Very tolerable!
If there is a consumer grade telephoto you should own...it is ONLY this lens. I am pretty much sure nothing else comes close to this.
Two thumbs up!
8 out of 10 points and recommendedDecent IQ for its price, minimum focussing distance is short5.6 @ 55mm is too small an aperture
Good lens for a beginner DSLR user who wants to learn the ropes. Focussing distance being low...is an advantage. The colors and contrast are pretty good.reviewed October 8th, 2009 (purchased for $75)
Very usable for casual shooting even if you outgrow this lens.
Aperture is obviously not very wide at 55mm..being a low cost lens. It is meant for shooting in normal to good light.