9 out of 10 points and recommendedsharpness (even at large apertures), vr, 16 & 85 mmslow, price
I bought this lens to replace my 18-70. I wanted to get more sharpness at wide settings and this lens does it very well. It is sharp everywhere. It's even sharper than some of my prime lenses! 16mm can save few shots, but it is not so big difference from 18mm. It feels better to zoom as it's tougher to rotate zoom-ring.reviewed April 1st, 2008 (purchased for $950)
Build quality is same as with 18-70 (or any other basic nikon zooms). VR is a nice bonus.
Summary: Performance matches it's higher price. Highly recommended!