Summary: My review is solely based on the my experience with this lens. I know my camera body (D5300) has no internal motor, so I knew going in that I would have to manually focus this lens. No big deal. That has no weight in my review. I'm finding Nikkor glass to be hit or miss. This lens feels nice.
Excerpt: I bought this lens when I bought my D600. The kit lens that came with my D600 is sharper than this lens is. I shoot fashion, beauty and portraits and when I use this lens I usually shoot at 1.8-2.8. Unfortunately, it's not sharp when opened up that wide.
Excerpt: This isn't a great lens by any stretch of imagination. People writing positive reviews do a disservice to the vendor because many of these lenses will be returned. My guess positive reviews caused by several factors.
Excerpt: This could make a great walk-around, but I can't use mine. If I stop down (f9, f11 etc) I get a blue circle in the middle of the shot. Sent it back to Nikon and they say this is the way they are made.