Excerpt: I was reluctant to mark it as a ten on the basis that it is possible for a lens to be better (for example silent autofocus). Ideally I would score it as a 9.5 but I feel justified rounding it up given what an amazing balance of size, performance and build this lens strikes.
Excerpt: After reading the reviews for the non HD version, I was hoping the HD version would be even better. I can't directly compare this one with the older model but the top ratings are true. I was surprised how sharp it was at 2.4 but by F4 I was amazed.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I bought this lens to use for portraits and took it to photograph a prom. The focus speed was good but not great. I was also using my Olympus E-3 with 12-60mm SWD and it was about 3/4 that speed or so, not bad at all. Indoors it seemed a little better compared to the E-3 so pretty darn good.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I appreciated this lens a lot when I was used with the image quality of super zooms, it is small and the image quality is great. But I find this 70mm focal length too long for full body/group portraits, no long enough the head portraits, ok for head and shoulders.
Pros: Size, buid quality, image quality
Cons: 70mm, not fast enough depending on usage, min focus distance
Summary: Don't be fooled by it's little size. This is a fantastic piece of glass; great bokeh, excellent image quality, comes with hood, front and rear cap, a nice bag to keep when not in use and a brief instruction manual. From first shot you will know that you have an awesome lens.
Excerpt: I bought my 70mm on craigslist for a steal of a deal, it was basically a throw in with another purchase because it was so beat up. The exterior was in very rough shape, with paint flaked off and scratches all over the place, but the glass looked clean.
Excerpt: This is a nice looking lens that takes high contrast pictures with lovely color that are great to look at. I used it less than my other lenses, maybe because of its odd focal length. There can be some purple fringing in bright situations. The auto-focus is fast.