A Great Choice For The Casual Amateur, And Those Just Beginning Their Life As A Shutterbug
Stephen Mann, Amazon
1 January 2015
Summary: This is an excellent general purpose lens, with both auto-focus and vibration reduction mechanisms, each of which can be independently disabled with the flip of a switch. Manual focus is possible but not very convenient as auto-focus is the intended default usage. There is no rubber-coated focusing ring to complement the rubber-coated zoom ring. Welcome to the modern world. The optics of the lens seem to provide excellent results to my eye.
Excerpt: My parents got this for me for my birthday. I've only used it a few times with my D7000, but I'm really liking it thus far.I was out last night from 11pm-1am with friends and it performed pretty well on handheld shots of everything from bar neon to nighttime churches. It definitely does well in low light.It focuses much more quietly than my other lens, which is a Nikkor 28mm f/2.8.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Summary: pros: cheap covers all standard zoom lengths VR is great for video VR is effective for photos if you don't want to pump up your ISO to improve shutter speed minimal distortion at longer focal lengths solid build for a plastic lens colors are typically accurate(low chromatic aberration, low vignetting) did I mention it's cheap? cons: not sharp on cameras with more than 20 megapixels external focusing turns the front element.