Summary: Bought this lens for close landscape and wildlife. I have not been disappointed so far. I am an amateur photographer and can not afford 3 - 10,000 dollar lens. I realize this one isn't exactly cheap, so consider a used one. This is the route I took when purchasing this lens.
Excerpt: I needed a wide angle lens for landscape photography, and read some good things about this lens. I couldn't afford the $1000 price tag, so I opted for a used lens with an E+ rating. I have to say I couldn't be happier!
Excerpt: I purchased a 12-24 mm IF-ED AF-S DX Zoom – Nikkor Lens from B&H after shopping around a dozen websites. The reason I bought from B&H was the sales person listened to my questions and helped me find the correct solution for my problem. The lens came on time in mint condition and works perfectly.