9 out of 10 points and recommendedprice, sharpness, contrast, and VRnone, given it`s intended consumer class market
What other lens in this price class offers so much for the money?reviewed November 5th, 2008 (purchased for $250)
I`ve had all the other Nikon AFS18-XX(X) lenses and all were just fine but IMO this one is the right focal length for all around amateur street shooting especially since it has vibration reduction.
The build quality is comparable to the 18-135 and better than all the 18-55`s and sharpness is as good as it gets in this segment.
OK, so there`s some distortion wide open but PT Lens ($15) fixes most of it if it bothers you.
If you need something faster you should consider spending 4-5 times more for the next step up.