Even though it weighs a ton and is quite dark (4.5-5.6) it doesn't matter that much, as it's not meant to be a sports zoom. Even when shooting inside you can easily handhold it, as the wide angle means that camera shake doesn't affect it as much. The colour reproduction is great and it's much sharper than my previous lenses. It might not be as sharp is it could, as I've heard their quality varies.
I've been shooting for a christian paper in my university, and the paper will be sent to every new student next autumn. It's a fun project and I hope I'll get proper enough pictures. It'll mostly be people photography, but I'll give it a feel of nature as well.
Work is going along fine -the kids seem to like me as much, if not more, as their real teacher. I won't apply for the post when it opens this autumn, as I wouldn't feel comfortable teaching computers all the time.
I've managed to do all of my lab work for my final module at the uni and I'm sure there's nothing delaying my graduation on the 8th of June.
Here's an example of what the new zoom can do with me handling it (it's a double exposure by the way).