I've listened to everyone dumping on this lens http://www.sony.com.au/product/sal24105
and I don't see it that way myself, it's not a marvellous lens at the wide end on FF for sure, and it flares like nobodys business if the smallest amount of direct light gets on the front element. But I have a lot of time for it on APS-C, for me it's a great little light lens that can do sharp closeups and isn't that bad at general photography either, it doesn't have a wide enough wide end for APS-C that's it's only downfall really. But if you look at the quality of photos you get from those superzooms like the 18-200, 18-250 etc. at the wide end
, they aren't all that wonderful either.