Summary: I have had the lens, which I use with the Sony A65, for about three weeks, and was immediately impressed with its light weight, and quality construction. I have tested it with close up images and surprised with the clarity of the pictures. Most of my initial shots have been used with the Auto setting, thus do not have a good idea of its full capabilities. I did use the auto with the lens set to max and received excellent results. At a distance of approx.
Excerpt: It's a shame that the enjoyment of using the lens is interrupted every half hour when the lens hood falls off into the dirt. The provided lens hood doesn't lock into place, so simply walking around holding the camera is enough to loosen the lens hood until (surprisingly soon, and surprisingly often) it falls off the lens.