and the recipient finds it to be the best lens they've ever used
K. Johnson-Butler, Amazon
15 November 2014
Summary: I bought this as a gift, and the recipient finds it to be the best lens they've ever used, and have gone to being a mostly recreational photographer to semi-professional (e.g., photoshoots for local companies/people). It was recommended by a friend as one of the best lenses one could get when on a budget (where the budget was getting one quality lens).
Excerpt: I have only had the lens for 10 days or so. I decided to replace my tokina 11-16 with this one for the zoom range (the tokina is also very good and well built). I do not regret it despite the price difference. Very sharp and versatile. I have used it for fall pictures and it produces excellent photos. So far so very good.