10 out of 10 points and recommendedImage Quality for a Zoom Lens
I currently use this lens on a Nikon D300 body. So this review is based on D300 / 24-70mm combo.reviewed January 15th, 2009 (purchased for $1,450)
I brought this lens for wedding photography for it's zoom range and image quality. I have tested it at all focal lengths and apertures, (both in studio and outdoors) and I am 100% happy with it. Even wide open at f/2.8 it is extremely sharp. I love my 50mm f/1.4 lens, but it saddens me to think that it won't come out as much anymore as this new lens produces near identical results at 50mm (at some apertures it is even slightly sharper!).
Some people have written that weight is an issue, but I quite like the feel of this lens.
I don't belive VR is needed. I can produce images at 1/60th at 70mm hand held every time. And knowing that images are still sharp at 2.8 is comforting.
Focusing is fast and accurate.
I would highly recommend spending the money on this lens (just don't get upset at the thought of your 50mm f/1.4 lens gathering some dust!!!)