9 out of 10 points and recommendedfast at 2.8 throughout; relatively light; crisp imagessometimes hunts to focus, mostly plastic construction, could be wider
This lens almost never leaves my Nikon D70. It is a fabulous general-purpose lens. I bought it because I wanted a medium-range zoom that was faster than the run-of-the-mill 4.5, 5.6, etc. zooms on the market. It wish that it were a tad wider angle, but it suits my needs for general purposes. Because it is 2.8 throughout, it is heavier than slower zooms, but still portable and manageable. I highly recommend this lens (and in fact recommended it to a good friend).reviewed March 17th, 2006
Image quality is terrific. I have not been disappointed. I use it for landscapes, portaits, even quasi-macros.
It is not a super wide nor a great telephoto, but for me it really covers the range of the most-useful ranges.