9 out of 10 points and recommendedGreat Color, Color Contrast, Sharpness. Light weight and compact for zoom range.Slow at long end. But with the VC, not unusable in bad light, just slow.
This quickly became my favorite walkaround lens. The ideal lens range for a walkaround for me would be 18-250mm, so I use the Nikon 18-200mm VR and this one, depending upon where I am walking around.reviewed June 30th, 2008 (purchased for $599)
I love the sharpness of my copy of this lens. The VC is different from the Nikon VR, but very effective. Nikons is very smooth, you usually have no sensation that it is working. The VC snaps into effect, and you know it is working.
At the 300mm length, my copy is sharper than my Nikon 70-300mm, and much easier to handle with its shorter and lighter build.
I highly recommend this lens after using it for about 2 months and thousands of pictures.