Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 4 out of 5
by Apocryphon Excellent "kit zoom" or semi-pro broadsword.
Alright, to begin, I am not comparing this to a high end 70-200 f2.8. We all know we want one of those high end, fixed aperture lenses. This lens is under $500. There is no doubt that it isn't one of those lenses.
For the price, it is a solid beast with good clarity and fine performance. If you haven't tried better, you won't know the difference and it will serve you well as a first "reach out and touch someone" kind of lens. All in a reasonably compact size (again, for what it is.)
If you are a beginner or a pro looking for acceptable and affordable (but not necessarily top of the line) performance this is a solid purchase.
It'd be perfectly fine for a portrait shooter, though I'd look for something a bit better for anything where you might find yourself looking for more out of your work - such as fashion shoots.
This all said, given the slow, variable aperture, be mindful of your lighting. It is one of the worst things about a lens like this.
March 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by Rynosaurus Awesome beginner lens
I'm a beginner with taking photos with something that's not just a simple point-and-shoot camera. This lens with the sony nex camera is very simple to use and makes even a novice like me take awesome pictures. It focuses really well and the zoom is great for taking pictures at sporting events and weddings. I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to make their photos clearer when trying to zoom in on the action.
September 14, 2014