As a pro, this lens in my kit has broadened my scope of what I can produce.
6 November 2014
Summary: Now I put five stars for size and weight, but it is a heavy unit, but it does more than I expected. I forgot quickly about the weight and reveled in the sharpness and ease of use. top lens for those that want to be a hot shooter for a decent price.
Summary: There is no comparison between the "G" series lenses and those you would buy over the counter at the local big box store. Then again the price difference between this lense and a kit lense is substantially different as well. Lots of comments have been made about this lense and the weight.
Summary: I have used this for capturing pictures of People and landscape. It does the job well. Cant help to think that Sony Glass would be a little better. It just starts me thinking that I want a fixed length prime with more light gathering capabilities, that of course would be priced at the same point as...
Awesome lens -- super SHARP even wide open at 400mm
21 February 2013
Summary: No need to stop this lens down to gain sharpness, it maintains tack-sharp image at the extremes. I've owned this lens for over 3 years; purchased it February 2010 from Amazon for $1600 (yes, Sony has upped the price a couple of times since).