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lower quality manufacture than expected
on March 1, 2011
I understand that the relative low price of this lens implies that the overall quality is more economical, but I never expected the lens cap ring to just break after a relatively short period of ownership. I cannot even justify blaming it on wear and tear. One day I open my camera bag, remove this lens to swap it in, and - woops - the lens cap is not attached and there are scratches all over the glass. It simply broke while randomly setting the bag down or picking it up, or somewhen.
Now, I made a decent number of average to great photographs with this lens during its short life, but I am certainly disappointed in the unexpected failure in the cheap manufacture of this product. That any item - be it a camera lens, a toaster, a car, a 3-ring binder - worth any amount of money could fail in such a pathetic manner is unacceptable from a quality control perspective.
I can add that after an even shorter period of ownership (inside one year) the zoom ring began sounding and feeling a bit gritty, as if there were sand in it, though I had never buried my camera underground, nonetheless taken it to a beach or the like.
Regardless of what kind of photographer you are, please invest in something better than $150 telephoto lens. I can write off the loss of this lens since I made photos with it that are more valuable than the lens itself, but I don't recommend wasting money on it. It will just end up in a landfill sooner than later.