Summary: great clarity and color renditions. A bit overly soft at extreme zoom. Good quality feel.but I expected more from Sony. The sharpness at minimum zoom is great but is very soft at maximum. Would I buy it again? No.
Summary: I had one of these lenses before but it had gotten a loose screen in it probably from my trembling hands. I searched for this lens locally but the stores wanted close to $1000 for it. I love amazon prices!
Summary: This is just the perfect lense for over all general picture taking. Sony made a mistake when they got rid of it. It is very nice that Anatolian Store was able to purchase these and make them available for people that have had this lens before.
A decent wide zoom lens, but you'll eventually want to upgrade.
D. H., Amazon
26 May 2009
Summary: I've been using this lens with an A300 for the last 6 months and it has worked reliably during this time and has taken some very nice pictures. That said, I've recently upgraded to a Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 (~$500 new on Amazon) and there is a large difference in quality, but the Tamron is much more...
Summary: Item was promptly shipped, and arrived in good shape. I was happy to find it, since the camera has been discontinued, the lens is hard to find, and mine was broken, so I am thrilled to have my lens back.