Summary: My first thought was that this would be a great lens for general use, my default lens that would 'live' on my D200 body. While I certainly appreciate the VR function and range of the lens, I usually end up feeling disappointed by the lack of crisp clarity in my images. As one reviewer stated, you can accommodate for some of this by stopping down, but this isn't always practical.
Summary: I am a professional event and portrait photographer. I have been using this lens for the past couple of month with mixed results. The lens is extremely versatile and is very cost affective. It is small and easy to carry. The focal length from 24-120mm is really great, especially for the kind of work I do. It is good for general snap shots, and any thing that you want to shoot.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Lightweight, Versatile small good VR
Cons: Build is a little light, Not crisp sharp focus, Some barrel distortion
Summary: I shoot a variety of subjects, nature, editorial, people, product and have been disappointed in the quality of this lens. If the light is strong and bright and I am not shooting far away I get good results. But in anything but bright sunlight I get marginal results. The auto focus is erratic. The image quality declines dramatically. Very poor sharpness especially when I zoom out even at 80mm.
Summary: I just bought two of these lenses and made multiple tests with each of them as compared to the Nikon 28-105mm zoom, and the Nikon micro Nikkor 60mm (using Fuji S3 Pro camera).Of the three, the Nikon 24-120mm VR is significantly less sharp and lower contrast. This is very disappointing, as I purchased these lenses based on all of the stellar reviews I've read about it's sharpness. I was hoping to get a zoom lens with the sharpness of a prime lens.