I love this lens... ok... that felt good... let me say it again... I LOVE THIS LENS! *phew*
I had problems getting used to the minimum focusing distance - 38cm... its pretty long - which makes composition very challenging. Solution: PK-A extension tubes. Shortens the minimum focusing distance to a more manageable distance, magnifies the subject and thanks to the PK-A contacts, passes the aperture information back to the camera so p-ttl still works :)
The challenges of using this lens are:
- Weight: its 600+ grams - double the weight of a D-FA100
- Focal Length: at 125mm, it works out to 35mm equivalent of 180 on an APS-C... its a little long for hand-held and when using it for macro, support is a must for me.
- Reputation: its a sharp lens. anyone who manages to screw up their shots with this lens can only have them-self to blame.