9 out of 10 points and recommendedpicture and build quality, fast aperture, good zoom range for all day shootinghigh price, weight and high risk to get a bad sample
I bought mine November 08 with view of the coming D700. First test on my D300 were very disapointing, especially at 17mm wide open. Even the 18-200 VR was better, not to mention the superb Tokina 12-24. The bad performance was confirmed with my new D700. I took it to Nikon central service in Germany (Duesseldorf) and they told me that it's all within the factory tolerance but they offered me fine tuning for 130€. After this tuning the performance was even worse.reviewed April 1st, 2009 (purchased for $1,430)
In a secound trial the lens became the performance I initially expected. No chance for the Tokina anywhere and in any format (FX/DX).Nikon seems to have really trouble to adjust this lens in the correct way . They tell you bu....it like "all within spec" and take additional money to deliver the expected performance.
Very risky to buy!!!