8 out of 10 points and recommendedGreat Price, Good Range, Zoom Lock., Great sharpnessNoisy motor, slower than average AF.
I recently upgraded from my Kit 18-55 nikon lens to this all in one zoom, and I must say, I love it. It was within my budget and I get to have a all-in-one solution. Now I no longer have to chnage between my old 18-55 and 55-200 anymore. (worried about dust. etc)reviewed May 17th, 2006 (purchased for $479)
Sure the Nikon Vr 18-200 is better, But not everone has the money to pay 2X the amount i paid for this lens to do the Job. On my D50 and my brother's D70s, it works flawlessly.
I especially love the barrel lock to prevent creeping when I am holding facing downwards and it comes COMPLETE with Flower Hood and all caps, and a 6 year warranty.
Overall a GREAT lens for hobbists like myself.