The lens was very reasonably priced. I went for this specific lens because of the range it had. The lens was a little awkard to hold at first considering the small frame of the NEX-6 that I use it with. It was a bit heavy, but actually felt comfortable in my hands. The 18-105mm is good for taking a wide variety of shots with little need to change out the lens. It's onstant max aperture of f/4 throughout entire focal range allowed it to shoot really well in low light conditions. The images are very clean and sharp although at times distortion can be noticeable around the edges. The price for the lens though makes up for any shortcomings it may have.