Has 30+ years of SLR/camera experience.
Good close focus, sharp at f/8
Soft and glowy APS-C frame edges wide open, lousy build
This lens reminds me a lot of Minolta\'s "baby beercan" -- a 35-70mm f/4 macro that has a bit of a cult following. Like the baby beercan, it\'s definitely a cheap kit lens, but it has the potential to make images that are better than the usual kit lens... or not.
This lens isn\'t really a macro, but a close focus that works at all focal lengths. The lens is pretty good close up, with nice smooth bokeh and decent sharpness even wide open.
At more normal distances, the center of the image is obviously way better than the edges wide open. I\'m talking about edges of an APS-C crop; I expect it is terrible on full frame. However, by f/8 or so, the IQ is really quite good across the APS-C frame, and this plus close-ups is how the IQ gets an 8.
The build is lousy even for a plastic-body FDn lens. The focus is noticeably coarse. However, my copy is fully functional and it looks like new, so it can\'t be as badly built as it feels.
It\'s usable if you have it, and not a bad lens to take on a trip where it might not make it back intact, but I wouldn\'t go out of my way to buy one of these.