don't buy i want my pictures to be better then yours.
michel l nash, Amazon
20 October 2014
Summary: First of all i ordered this used, that being said, Wow. i was blown away it came faster than anticipated, and it came perfect! i attached it to my amazing sony a77mark2 (which i also ordered from amazon) and it was so much more then i expected. The color and clarity was exactly what i saw, only clearer and closer, there where no rough edges.
Summary: BUYER BEWARE! ISSUE WITH SELLER NOT MANUFACTURER. The lens came packaged in a box far to large, loaded with air-bubble plastic filler. Lens unharmed. Opened lens, looked for instructions only to find Japanese instructions, First RED FLAG. Contacted Amazon, who intern contacted the seller for the english instructions. SECOND RED FLAG, tried to register the lens with Manufacturer only to be denied registration by Internet. Was instructed to call manufacturer.
Summary: I picked up this lens new from Amazon on 11/30/13. did not have much time at that time of year to shoot birds in the greater cleveland area because of the servere winter we experienced. Now I'm out with it and can only say that it is far worse than a bridge camera, at least the Panasonic FZ40 and the Panny FZ200 with the add on 1.7 tele extender. (I have both and have used both for birding) I shoot a lot of Egrets, they are white, they become serverely ghosted.
Excerpt: Is a good lens overall. what impressed me the most is its weight for this zoom range. Auto focus is decent Picture quality is good Not a fast lens though.. need plenty of light for hand held shots Also lack of image stabilization will mandate the use of a monopod or a tripod etc
Summary: I love the lens. I mainly shoot from my back porch looking out to a wooded ravine. In the winter months in WI I love to get close up photos of the birds at my feeders and in the yard. This does the trick for me. I do have it set on a tripod when on my camera as it is a bit heavy to carry around, but you cannot beat the price for a fine lens!
Summary: Bought it to photograph my daughter sky-diving. I was staying on the ground, had my fill of flying in the military, so I needed to reach up. Worked well but I photographed the wrong person. My fault not the lens'. It has a tripod adapter for a reason.
Excerpt: although this lens is a little old and is being replaced, you can't beat the quality for the money. It is not an IS lens but because it's so light you can hand hold it with pretty good results.