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The Most Bang for your Buck Since the Big One
on 9 June 2015
First impression when I unboxed it "Where's the rest of it?" It's so small! Not much bigger than a can of Pepsi, and a bit lighter than a full one too. The bayonet adaptor (for Nikon) does not give quite the same feeling of quality that you'd expect of Nikkor lens - I doubt it would wear as well, but this hardly matters. You get it on the camera and it just makes sense. It's short, light and simple to use too. Set the camera to manual exposure, and set the on-camera autofocus switch to Manual (if it has one) - you won't find one on the lens. Neither will you find an aperture ring - it's fixed at f8 forever, which is fine. The box includes a couple of small Neutral Density filters, but I doubt I will use them; The skylight filter included probably will get lots of use though. NOTE: These filters go on the back of the lens, not the front, which is culture shock for those who like me, tend to leave a skylight filter on the lens just to protect the front element from finger marks, dust, and all the other dangers our beloved optics face every day. Most of the time I expect to just set the shutter speed to 1/500 and fiddle with the ISO to get the exposure right. For action shots that include panning, maybe a bit slower 1/250 or 1/320 to give the background more blur.
The general impression of build quality is fairly good. It won't take being dropped, but it a lens not a tennis ball, so you know that - be careful. The focus ring has a smooth action. It does not come with a rear lens cap for the bayonet though, so if you're planning to leave the bayonet adapter permanently on the lens (why not), you might want to buy one.
As for sharpness, I've not had time yet to really analyse that properly, and the shots I have taken are hampered by a little noise from the high ISO setting used because the light was poor, but it looks fine bearing in mind that it isn't autofocus, relying instead on the old fashioned Mk1 eyeball.
Value for money? Fantastic!