Hello all. I just purchased this lens from Amazon Gold Box deal for 144.00. I have read some of the many favorable reviews, and heck, it is even sold at walmart! so how bad can it be? lol ! And wait before you say I could have done better I have at least the Canon 70-200 f/4L tele.I just thought It might be a good companion to my Tamron 17-50VC lens. What do you say concerning this pocket rocket? yeah or neigh? bring on the flamers and trolls! merry christmas to all!