Widely acclaimed and now more compact than ever, this is the smallest zoom of its type. Just over 3 inches long with a maximum diameter of 3 inches, the whole lens weighs just 15.9 oz. But the real beauty lies in its superior optical performance. Throughout its entire zoom range, it offers a minimum shooting distance of 59 inches. Its circular diaphragm provides natural, soft focus foregrounds and backgrounds, while keeping the main subject in sharp focus. Every detail was designed from the photographer's point of view evident in such ergonomic touches as the easy to use manual focus ring and the smooth feel of the focus ring and zoom control. Close-ups of as tight as 23.6 to 30.3 inches are simple with an optional accessory close-up lens, which provides reproduction ratios up to 1:2.2.