Summary: Actually bought this lens on accident thinking it was fully auto with my Camera the nikon D3200. It is not but I used it a bit any way and found i really do not mind the manual focusing at all. Have used it inside for product shots only so don't know about outside use, but for the things i used it for, (Controlled lighting)it works great, it is light and easy to use. very clear sharp images.
Summary: Its a good lens, on an aps-c dslr it makes a nice lens just on the side of telephoto from normal. Great for portraits. However when manually focused, the focus ring is very loose and is easy to bump off focus. On my d5100, the the aperture ring is locked and controlled by the cameras dial, personally I don't like this but it isn't really a drawback.
Summary: You get more than you pay for this lens. I bought it because I wanted something small and light to use in environments where I would worry about damage to an expensive lens. While it isn't a macro lens, it does focus closely enough to fill the frame at 70mm with a half-sheet of letter size paper and is quite sharp at that distance. My copy is sharper at 70mm than it is at 35. Focus is very fast & accurate.
Very good in between lense,great for keeping in the car.
7 March 2013
Summary: I bought a couple of these as gifts,and at the price I wasn't expecting much,but was pleasantly surprised,the picture quality was quite good,the focus was amazingly fast,they seemed to shoot lighter,and I had to make adjustments to darken them a little,but overall,very nice lense.
Summary: Older metal lens that is generally BETTER made than the current species. Size and range is a good fill-in for me, and of course is Nikon optics. Gave it a 4/5 in picture quality as have not had a lot of time to really test it out though preliminary findings might rate it as a 5/5 I anticipate. Though it is a variable f/stop lens because of the zoom this is not an issue for a D3 which has a remarkable ISO range and flexibility.