Summary: I purchased one of these lenses originally in 2007 to be the only lens i would need for use on my new D40x. the lens worked excellently for that purpose. i later bought a D300 and put the 18-200 on that camera. i know it's a VR lens and has a longer range, but i still tended to rely on the 18-135 more. i've been a photographer for many years. i realize that VR is nice, but i went so many years without it that i never feel i'm at a loss for not having it.
Summary: This lens is a great travel lens as it covers an acceptably viable range without the bulk (or expense) of 18-200mm lenses. It has also proved to deliver very sharp photos. That being said, some photographers will not like that there is no VR (Vibration Reduction). For me this was not a consideration as I generally shoot during the daytime or on a tripod.
Summary: I also purchased the Multi-Bat-Pk, I started out using my Nikon D80 and 18-135mm lens on the manual settings only for almost a year, took 7,000+ shots before I ever saw the low battery start to go down. I shoot RAW/JPEG, Fine and Large and I use (3) 4GB SDHC Extreme III cards by SanDisk. I will use 8GB and 16GB SDHC cards when I travel. The Camera and Lens have worked flawlessly in the Hot days of Summer and the Cold days of Winter. I really love this Nikon Kit.
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus, Good Image Quality, Quiet
Summary: The first one came used and was DOA (not the lenses fault).I then bought one new. The lens covers about 90% of all my shooting needs. It is my go to lens for my D300 and on this camera its fast focusing and works well in low light. Overall It is one of the best budget lenses Ive owned.
Summary: I use the product for fun, and work. I have taken it only a couple of hikes with me. It has not been very heavy or hard to use. I use the same camera model for my work as well. I really like how clear the lcd is and how fast the shutter is.
Pros: Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Easy To Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Great Image Quality, Image Stabilization