8 out of 10 points and recommendedSharp, lightweightFirst one was defective
I purchased this at a Dodd Camera (cleveland) expo. The nikon rep suggested it and they had a special price ($179 plus tax). It arrived in 3 weeks and worked well except about 5% of the shots were grossly overexposed. Took it back to Dodd, said the diaphragm was defective and replaced it same day. Replacement works just fine, sharp, good contrast, nice size.reviewed June 4th, 2009 (purchased for $180)
9 out of 10 points and recommendedGood WA range, fast focus, size and weight balance well with d90little test data, built-in flash works only with long end
Purchased from amazon.com because of reliable service in past, but prices are lower through other online dealers. Wanted 10 mm that the nikkor 12-24 did not offer. Have used it for about 10 days, shot several hundred pix both inside with flash and outside, they appear sharp, no flare problems, no apparent ca with d90 processing. It balances well on the d90 and build quality similar to VR 18-200. Focuses much faster than the 18-200.reviewed June 11th, 2009 (purchased for $866)
This will probably be my main camera lens, just wish there was more test info available. Built in flash works from about 18 up to 24 without shadows.
Originally wanted Tokina 11-16 but gave up because of the back-order problem. QC issues and narrow WA range.
Overall, I'm happy with the early performance of this lens.