Decent lens for the price of $150 with A77. Not sure I would pay over $200 for it though.
20 January 2015
Summary: Really 3-4 stars, but gave it 4. Pictures are not as clear as I would like throughout all zoom ranges, but this wasn't an expensive lens. Hey, about $150 with the camera (Sony A77) so can't complain at all.
Summary: I had a reasonably good experience with this lens. It's light weight, the image is very sharp for a APS-C lens, and the zoom range is very convenient at a decent speed. However, after a 2 1/2 years of normal use, the lens became blurry and the action sticky. I returned it to Sony for repairs, and they quoted me $227 on top of the shipping charge, so just under the cost of a new one.
Summary: It got delivered at the estimated date. As soon as I got it I attached it to my Sony A65, and it works great, I'm in love with it, great for portraits. I test the lens with my front neighbors, damn, the zoom is surprising. Im still a beginner but Its awesome for me. Works just fine. I have heard critics about how noisy it is when focusing, I personally have no problem about the noises. Just love my second lens in my starting collection.
Summary: I have been looking for a good quality telephoto lens that wouldn't break the bank. Not only did I find it, but found one used and it was in amazing condition. I have already taken some great nature photos that I otherwise would not have been able to capture.