People always talk about how poor this lens is, but I'm yet to be disappointed. It gives me nice 16x20s. That's enough for me.
From a recent hike to the summit of Golden Ears:
1/320 263mm f/8
1/1600 70mm f/5.6
Granted, its a bit of a heavy lens to carry up a mountain...the Oly 75-300 would have been more tolerable in that respect, but I'm willing to carry an extra 200g if it means that I don't need to spend $800-900.
Mike - the second photo is brilliant - reminds me of those old Japanese prints. Very well-composed. Was it brutal hauling the lens along on the hike?
I'm still aiming to expand the variety of images for this lens. This post should send the thread to two pages. All five these were taken with a Panasonic G2, hand held without any cropping. No IS? No problem.