7 out of 10 points and recommendedfast, nice build, good focusing, good allround lensdistortion, kinda dark, sometimes moirÃ©
Bought this lens seperately (not as a kit) for my D70, because a needed more wide-angle and because of the many excellent reviews.reviewed August 16th, 2006 (purchased for $180)
Did-not work out for me. I do a lot of architecture and this lens has a lot of barrel distortion. With this lens my D70 produced obscure, rather oversaturated pictures. On fine mazed surfaces sometimes moiré can be seen, and it is not too sharp.
So I got rid of it quiet soon and bought the Sigma 20-40mm f2.8 instead, which is excellent compared to this kitlens, that is for my kind of use. I think as an allround lens for landscape and family use, the nikkor 18-70mm will satisfy all your needs.
8 out of 10 points and recommendedBuild, Sharp, minor distortionBig and bulky, CA
I bought this lens after selling my nikkor 18-70 kitlens and I did not regret it. It produces clear and sharp images, vivid colors. Little barrel distortion at 20 mm which can be corrected in PS easily. The only problem is chromatic aberration, especially in the edges of the photo. Can be corrected also, but takes some timereviewed August 16th, 2006 (purchased for $180)
8 out of 10 points and recommendedsharp, beautiful colors, build, very wide, pricedistortion (to be expected in tis range), moirÃ© on D70, some CA
Bought this lens after extensive reading of test and reviews. I don't regret it. The build quality is of a very high standard. The lens is very sharp and colors are bright indeedreviewed August 20th, 2006 (purchased for $450)
Distortion is a (minor) problem. It can be corrected in easily in PS. PT-lens is also very usable, since this program has a special correction item for this lens. Very handy. More of a nuissance is the moiré that sometimes occurs in very fine patterns (i.e. brick walls etc), but that maybe a camera fault, since the D70 is rather sensitive for moiré. Moiré is difficult to correct. Best take several shots from different angles if moiré danger exists.
There is also some CA, mostly in the edges of the picture. That can be corrected easily in PS too.