Open Box SAL2470Z
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
For a ZOOM lens it is exceptionally sharp. IQ is more than acceptable, the fast and constant 2.8 aperture throughout the Zoom range is sweet. I have to say I was skeptical about the "open box" purchase. I am frugal if not cheap, with Crutchfield's return policy it was a safe bet. I am glad I took the chance. Coupled with a Sony a850 or the Sony a55 the images are remarkable. I would warn you that this is a very heavy lens. If you are looking for a "little" back-pack point and shoot you probably won't like this lens. If you are looking for an uncharacteristically exceptionally sharp and fast lens that can "do it all" this is would be a great choice - For portrait and studio work it is a dream come true. One last note, if you want to find out just how sharp a lens is, tripod it, stop it all the way down, in this case F.22, focus on a relatively close object, shoot and then throw it up on your computer screen and check the depth of field focus - with this lens sharp from front to back - and again for a Zoom lens, to have this kind of clarity and sharpness, totally remarkable!
Pros: Sharp, the motor is exceptionally fast and quiet - fact is faster than the 85mm or 135mm Sony/Zeiss Prime's. Great image quality.
Cons: Nothing serious, just realize it is heavy and when coupled with the Sony a850 it is like having an anchor around your neck. A "great" anchor, but none-the-less an anchor.