10 out of 10 points and recommendedFast f/1.8 lens, very high resolution, very low optical aberations, high speed on AF-S, acceptable priceNo Vibration Reduction
Over 2 months of intense use with high satisfaction.reviewed April 11th, 2010 (purchased for $245)
I used of this lens with a D5000 camera (DX). Shots in interior with existing light and with flash (SB-900), as well shots in exterior (abundant lighting <snow>, normal daylight, dimmlight and night shoots gave excellent results, and, what was exceptional, there were no missed shots.
Very fast and precise autofocus with D5000 camera.
Exceptional for high contrast (wedding shots and contre-jour).
The construction is reliable, gives a good-feeling touch, besides the use of plastic and rubber - but of a very good quality.
M/A swich is a versatile tool to adjust the focus.
Tight, fast and simple attachment of the plastic hood.
Very usefull rubber sealing for dust and rain, at the rear of lens, when attached to camera.
Very light and small, special for DX format, is exceptional for normal-angle photos, for high details without distorsion, practically no vigneting nor chomatic aberration at f/2.8 and over. Very good quality at f/1.8 and better at f/2.0.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedvery good image quality, good constructionlow 10 years warranty (lead free), zoom ring too close to camera (less used focus ring takes the best position for handling)
A heavy lens, too long for its focal range, with zoom ring in a difficult position for handling (too close to the camera) and with a focus ring in a privileged position (besides the fact that is rarely used). Ergonomically need to be reconsidered for the future similar lenses.reviewed August 1st, 2012 (purchased for $1,854)
Being lead-free (EU regulation) the lens is guaranteed for only 10 years, after that period the electronics and moving leaded parts being not replaceable. It is a very costly lens for only 10 years of use (or even less than 10 years, counted from the date of production not of purchase).
Good points: very good image quality (chromatic aberrations, vignetting and distortions are in an acceptable range and totally correctable in camera or in post-processing). Fast and precise response at the twist of zoom and focusing rings. Fast AF and VR with low noise, but on video the noise is not negligible. Good quality hood.