10 out of 10 points and recommendedlight, small, fairly fast focus, nice bokah, feels well made, 52mm filterscan hunt for focus at 200mm from time to time, plastic mount
I have taken a few thousand shots with this lens so far and am VERY happy with the results.reviewed June 22nd, 2007 (purchased for $280)
Focus is fast and silent in all but the dimmest of light zoomed out to 200mm.
It seems really well made for such a low price lens. The mount is plastic, but as long as you aren't careless it should last years.
As for the VR... Very impressive. I've been taking handheld shots at 55mm down to 1/8 to 1/4 second with some very sharp results. Make sure you take two or three and you will almost always get a usable shot.
I'm not saying it is an alternative to a tripod, but the whole point of this lend is mobility. The light weight and small size are the best things about this lens.
On a recent trip I took only this lens and my 12-24mm because of space weight restrictions and was able to do everything I wanted to do.
Value for money, this is one of the best deals in the Nikon line.
You can check out some examples of what this lens is capable of on my web site.