These off-brand fast portrait lenses are generally quite good, since the formulas are fairly simple to execute. The glass in this one is immaculate - just outstanding, better than the pictures. At wide open it will give you quite shallow depth of field. Fits Nikon, which is always nice. Aperture is crisp and snappy. Focus is a bit heavier than when it left the factory. Cosmetics are not going to win any gold medals but this lens is all about the shooting. Buyer pays only actual shipping. Have I missed anything? Oh yes, 100% of the price, including shipping, will go to a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit community radio station, WCUW broadcasting at 91.3 FM in Worcester, MA and streaming on the WWW at http://wcuw.org/. Enjoy!!