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Jack of all trades, master of a few too.
on 26 March 2008
I like this lens. If you took all of my lenses and left just one, I'd want it to be this one. The range (18-250) is great for the vast majority of photography done while travelling or touring. This lens particularly excels on holidays when, generally, you are outdoors in reasonable or good light. It benefits a lot from being stopped down to f5.6-f8 when you get really good sharpness, hence the need for reasonable light. Wide open, particularly at the wide focal lengths, it can be disappointingly soft (worse than the kit lens).
If I could only take two lenses travelling with me it would be this one, backed up by a 50mm f1.4 for low-light social shots.
Pros - Great range, very sharp when stopped down a bit, good build quality
Cons - Really quite soft wide open at wide angle