Excerpt: I purchased this lens as an upgrade / general purpose lens. I was excited about the possibilities, but ended up dissappointed. The lens was slow to focus, and the 18-55 kit lens i left was far sharper throughout the entire image. Worse, the lense constantly would give blown out backgrounds/highlights making my photos unusable. This was confirmed by a pro store as a lens malfunction.
Summary: I have brought this lens, and my d-200, in several times for repair, always saying that the images don't look sharp, and they never find anything wrong. It did get cleaned and fully serviced recently, but still the results are not great. My much cheaper manual focus lens on my old FE2 did not have this problem. Because of this, my main use for the camera is location scooting. At first it was okay shooting up close, but never at a distance.