I got this lens about a year ago and was very excited to use it. 500mm for less than $1000.00 seemed too good to be true but after I finally was able to spend some time shooting with it, I discovered that it was, indeed, too good to be true.
The lens is big and heavy. Very difficult to tote around, handhold and focus but that’s not the real crux of the problem. The issue I have with the lens is that it’s soft. I just cannot get consistent crisply focused images with this lens.
Now I know, zoom lenses typically aren’t at their sharpest when you use them at maximum focal length but let’s face it, we all zoom all the way in. That’s why we buy these darn things anyway. We zoom them all the way to get as close to our subject that we can...Read More >