My first thought it is, while the lens is certainly beefy compared to the 18-55mm kit lens that came with the camera, it is fairly small and lightweight for what it is. I actually expected it to be bigger and heavier.
I was a bit disappointed with the auto focus. It was plenty quick, but not nearly as accurate as I had hoped. It seemed like more of a problem at 200mm than 50mm. Perhaps the compressed scene gives the camera some trouble. Thankfully I have no issues manually focusing a lens.
Speaking of focusing, the closest focus on the lens is about three feet at 50mm. I know this is not a macro lens, but three feet seems a little far. It would be nice if it could focus a little closer, but this isn't a huge deal for my intended use.
Sharpness was satisfactory. Contrast was perhaps a bit low, but nothing to be concerned with. I didn't notice much in the way of distortions. Chromatic aberrations seemed well controlled throughout the focal lengths.
Overall, my first impression is that this is a decent lens that will get much use. However, I only briefly used the lens once, so my impressions my change with time.
Here are the images that I captured yesterday evening using this lens (all hand-held):
|Red Bridge - Tehachapi, California|
|Purple Thistle - Tehachapi, California|
This is a pretty large crop, with about 2/3rds of the original capture removed.
|Evening Oak - Tehachapi, California|
|Half Moon - Tehachapi, California|
This was a massive crop, with about 4/5ths of the original capture removed.