Not sure I understand the people complaining about this review. Since when have the reviews here been anything more than personal, real-world usage? That's what's good about them. If you want the technical, $1000 worth of software and optic-testing equipment reviews, you know where to go to get that.
I thought it was a good review, and provided some real-world perspective. If I had to complain, and this isn't a complaint so much as a question, why didn't you use it for some short videos. I mean, isn't this lens primarily aimed at DSLR video use over still photo?
I would totally buy this lens over the nifty-50 based on the tighter build quality alone, not to mention the focusing system.
Thank you! I was about to punch myself in the face.
Why no video? I don't actually shoot video with it - though I did have a discussion about it with some friends recently. If you're fixed focus everything about this makes sense, though anyone serious about video may need some level of manual focus ability and the very tiny MF ring at the front doesn't make this easy, or accurate. There's also no distance indicator for MF... so really it's great for video if you use the built-in AF (few people I know do) or if your focus is fixed.
Still, sharp lens, light weight, there's advantages to that.