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First of all, I ordered this lens only 4 days ago and received it 3 days before the estimated delivery date, even on the super saver delivery - nice on Amazon & Royal Mail!
Within minutes of putting this lens on my D3100, it felt great. To compare the speed, I would estimate it is about 10x faster than the 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 kit lens. It is truly astonishing. I was walking around in moderate (British) sun today, and even at ISO 400 (3rd lowest ISO setting) the camera told me the subject was 'too bright'.
At f/1.8 the depth of field is literally only a fraction of an inch - perhaps even too small for macro photography. There is a good chance that you will be out of focus at that aperture, unless you are extremely still or take a lot of pictures. However, step it down to f/2.8 and the pictures are brilliant. Several people say f/2.8 is the best aperture for this lens; the pictures are very sharp and you have a good depth of field to work with. Not to say that at any other f-stops the pictures aren't sharp - they really are!
There is no VR on this lens, but there is no need either. It's extremely fast which means that you won't need VR as you'll never get any blur, unless you're in low-light conditions of course. There is also M/A (manual-priority auto.) and M (manual) focus modes - the first allows you to autofocus, but then adjust with the focus ring, while the second simply allows you to manual focus. The M/A can prove useful, providing you don't have it on any tracking settings, as the camera will always be re-focusing.
I definitely recommend this lens to everyone - it's a great replacement for the 18-55mm kit lens, with some pretty interesting characteristics. Don't think, just buy it - you'll be amazed...
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Initial post: 6 Apr 2014 18:34:18 BDT
G. R. Woolcock says:
You make a good point about the VR, David, and the fact that, with F1.8, you're less likely to need it. I might also add that, although VR helps combat camera shake, it's not a scrap of use against subject movement. At live gigs, when the performers can be a bit vigorous, a monopod, or tripod with one leg down, will fix camera shake while the F1.8 will allow you to shoot at a shutter speed four times as fast as would be the case at F4, thus reducing movement-blur. I love this lens.
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