Summary: This lens is simple to use and produces very nice pictures. It works better in low light than the 20-50 lens that comes with camera. Serious lens but not seriously heavy like the similar lens on my old camera.
Summary: Great lens right here. Its not too heavy. I take it hiking worn around my neck for hours and its not awkward at all. I am hoping to capture a cardinal on a tree with a snowy background this winter. The manual focus is easy to use. Without a tripod you will need a very steady hand and some luck to capture moving objects from far away.
Summary: Added this lens to our camera for a safari we took. It got us some amazing photos on our safari. Lots of the other folks were using auto-focus cameras and getting frustrated as their cameras were focusing on branches or shrubs, and we were able to zoom in and focus on the actual fur or eyeball of the game!
Summary: I am not a professional photographer by any means, but this camera sure helps me achieve the perfect shot! This lens as actually HELPED me learn how to correctly adjust my photos to get the perfect shot that I want to capture. The lens is HEAVY, but it is worth it. I never leave my house without my camera and this lens in tow. I have the 18 - 55 mm lens as well, but this one is my default lens as I take many shots that are not close up.