Found this comment from nature photog Bjørn Rørslett
"This bulky and impressively sharp 'normal' lens was released in the late 80's to attract the attention of photojournalists. It is a nice handling lens on an F4 or F5, although the rotating front end is a little annoying when a polariser is used. Barrel distortion and corner fall-off are kept at negligible levels. At f/5.6 to f/11 it delivers excellent images at all focal settings. It flares visibly under adverse light conditions but ghosting, although plainly visible, rarely is detrimental to image quality. There is a 'macro' setting for people wanting to get a little closer with a concomitant loss of sharpness, particularly in the corners. Reversing this lens to get high magnification yields mediocre quality so is not recommended."
But I'd go for something that is wider, like a AF 24-85mm 2.8-4.0D or even a AF-S VR DX 18-55mm 3.5-5.6G kit lens. It's much more versatile.
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