November 20, 2012
First, I wish I could give this lens 4 1/2 stars but the ratings won't allow it. The only reason being, since it's a zoom, it can't be perfect. No zoom really is though some are closer than others. This one is close and though some may be closer, it boasts a good range and of course IS. To me, IS is more important to help with hands that get tired from shooting over the course of a day as opposed to shooting at ridiculously slow speeds though I've been known to do it for static objects when needed. The image quality is good to great depending upon the focal length and aperture but again, we trade some things like this for those times when it's too hectic to change a lens. Though it's "only" an F4, low light isn't too much of an issue as modern cameras have gotten better at iso 3200,6400 and higher. It's not a lens that should stay on your camera all of the time, but you won't regret it being on much of the time.
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