Lens took great shots but broke for no reason when used for the second time!
miss a mohan, Amazon
4 May 2014
Summary: Just disappointed. Was taking fantastic photos but one day something on the inside I think has shattered or broken- my picture quality and focus was all gone. I've used sony for years and taken photos whilst hiking, on safari and they've been robust. This was a weekend break and my second time using the lens, and without any triggers or knocks, and whilst always being protected - the lens completely failed. I was disheartened more than anything.
Excerpt: While the optics of this lens are superb, the zoom control ring is not. It is TOUGH to move. I returned the lens to B&H for a replacement as the zoom ring needed some muscle to zoom. B&H sent me a replacement lens which unfortunately has the same problem. I guess Sony has not realized this as yet. It does not effect still photography, but during Video while zooming in or out(especially out)the camera shake simulates an earthquake.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I am a hobbyist, so it's recreational. The pics were comparable with a much cheaper camera that I have. The quality was also not even near a lens that I had tried that was slightly more expensive. It was also heavy and the auto/manual switch on the lens was not in sync with the camera.