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Essentially a "super" Tamron 18-250 lens, better but more expensive than the Tamron, as a one lens solution it is fantastic, IQ is excellent, it's surprisingly small & looks good,
Close focussing is also excellent.
Only downer is; it's a f6.3 lens, if this is out of your budget the Sigma DG 28-200 is almost as good, IMHO. See http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Sigma-28200mm-f3556-DG-Macro-4306
Why complain about no image stabilisation, when sony cameras clearly have steadyshot built in? anyway, nice review, might actually take a look at this lens :)
This is a very poor review, where it seems the reviewer has limited knowledge of the Alpha system.
It is completely absurd to list the lack of image stabilisation as a con when ALL Sony Alpha DSLRs have in-body stabilisation.
It seem the lens wasn't even tested on an APS-C body, for which the lens is designed, plus I see little reason why an A900 owner would want to purchase this lens.
I can't fathom why the reviewer complains that part of the zoom ring is obstructed by the lens hood when in the storage position. Take it off then! You're hardly going to need to use the zoom ring when storing the lens.
As an owner of this model, I have never experienced the issues with minimum and maximum aperture and I haven't heard reports of this issue elsewhere - maybe you had a faulty sample or maybe the A900 has issues with the lens. As you didn't bother to test it on an APS-C camera, then we'll never know if this was the cause.
Just because a camera has sensor-based image stabilisation doesn't mean you wouldn't want a lens-based option available for longer focal lengths. Max & min apertures are stringently tested in a studio/lab environment in the same manner that all WDC lenses are tested. Results are weighed up in light of these tests, and we have a very good idea of comparable lenses across all manufacturers and the way in which these also perform under the same test scrutiny. So it's not a poor review - that's just your personal opinion as an owners of this lens.
Lens based and body based image stabilisation both have their pros and cons, but if both are used simultaneously it has a negative effect on image quality. The user has to remember to switch it off on either the lens or body, otherwise shots will be ruined. Novice users are more likely to not do this at all. For those reasons, it's unlikely that Sony will ever release a stabilised lens for their Alpha system, so adding it to the cons list is nonsensical. I assume lack of in-body stabilisation goes on to the cons list in Canon and Nikon DSLR reviews, right?
After you discovered problems with the aperture, did you ask Sony for their comments, and if so, what did they say?
You didn't make comment on why you completely omitted testing this lens on an APS-C body.
It IS a poor review if you've failed to take account of good, technical reasons for omitting features such as lens stabilisation, if you've failed to ask a manufacturer for their comments on technical faults discovered during testing and not asked for another sample, and if you have failed to test a lens on a camera body for which it is designed. Just my personal opinion, of course.
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