6 out of 10 points and not recommendedsize, tele coverage, sharpness at all FL, autofocus, VC worksNoisy VC!, build quality, rotating focus ring during AF, 270 mm doesn' fell like 270 mm
I've had the Nikkor 18-200 mm VR before to compare with. I purchased this as the old version was told to be a bit sharper than the Nikkor, but with a very slow AF, which I'd not accept.reviewed March 16th, 2011 (purchased for $838)
This version surely has a better AF, though not quite as fast ad the Nikkor yet. It also has an effective VC, BUT it makes an annoying whining noise! I don't do videos, but for people with this interest, I guess the VC would have to be off. Even just using it for stills, the noise just got on my nerves. Not even the cheapest Nikkor VR lenses make that kind of noise.
And speaking of cheap. The build quality just isn't a match for the Nikkor 18-200 and I wouldn't trust this lens to last many years, which it should at the price point it sells.
Sad, since the IQ definitely is on top compared with other superzooms.
I've read other comment on the 270 mm isn't truly 270 mm and I got the same feeling that it breathes a lot, so I didn't really fell it being much longer than the 18-200 mm Nikkor.
At 18 mm it has very pronounced field curvation, so don't try to shoot straight lines..
If I was to rate it for shaprness alone, I'd recommend it, but it just has to many other small issues for me.
10 out of 10 points and recommendedSharpness, contrast, bokeh, build quality,none
This lens LOVES people and people loves, what this lens does to them.reviewed March 16th, 2011
10 out of 10 points and recommendedSharp! light and good AFCould be sharper wide open
Love this little lens!reviewed March 16th, 2011 (purchased for $280)
I give this a 10 for IQ as its center sharpness just blows anything else away at f.2.2 and reach outstanding quality from f.2.8
Only the borders never reach the same impressive quality, but still very fine from f2.8
AF is fast, build is basic but fine and even with a sealing.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedsharpness, build quality, AF precisionAF a little slower than the old version
Love this lens for generel photography and as a short portrait lens. AF is precise could be faster. Sharpness is great over the whole frame stopped down a bit and in the center it's quite good wide open too.reviewed March 16th, 2011
9 out of 10 points and recommendedUseful 12mm wide end. Overall good sharpness. Macro function.A bit slow aperture
Compared to other kit lenses I've owned from other systems this is the best so far!reviewed September 21st, 2012
Surely it doesn't match a prime lens for sharpness or shallow DOF, but what it does it does well.
Really find the macro function and 12mm wide end very useful.
Rating is only to be compared with other kit lenses. Not on the same scale as eg the Olympus 75/1.8
10 out of 10 points and recommendedSharpness, bokeh, build quality, autofocusnone of importance, but would have been even more useful id semi macro
This is one of the best lenses I ever owned and surely the sharpest wide open.reviewed September 21st, 2012 (purchased for $992)
I used to shoot Nikon and my favorite was the Nikkor 105/2 DC, which has an even softer bokeh and is softer (though one of the sharpest Nikkors) making it a bit easier for portraits, but this lens is much better technically.
So sharp even wide open that you probably want to soften the skin on many people if their skin is not perfect.
It is a joy with a portrait lens sharp wide open coupled with the reliable AF and in camera vibrance reduction making it very useful for available light shots.