Excerpt: Really shines at 24-35mm, two stops down. Corner sharpness not great, but since I normally crop my images, I find it acceptable. Directly compared to a Sigma 17-50mm, the AF on the Nikon is faster and quieter, especially in live view. Build quality is very good. The zoom ring is a bit stiff for video.
Excerpt: This lens replaced my Nikkor 18-200 VRI lens. It's lighter, faster focusing, sharper and displays much less barrel distortion. The 80-200 had unacceptable distortion at both extreme ends. At the longer end, an excellent, albeit slow, portrait lens. The bokeh at 3: 5 is somewhat lacking, but a f2 or wider lens is required for this, and an f1: 8 16-85, if it existed, would weigh nearly twice as much and cost at least three times as much.
Excerpt: This is a great everyday lens and has been on my camera since I purchased it. The 16mm on the wide end gives you just that little bit extra. The only reason I wouldn't give this five stars is that nothing is really perfect but this lens is close for that knock around lens that you can shoot just about anything with.
Excerpt: A great lens, a solid upgrade from the standard 18-55. The lens is noticeably wider, has much sturdier build quality, and zooms and focuses great! Its sharp for all the uses I have for it. Certainly not professional, but professionals will buy a faster piece of glass anyway. A great fit on the D7000-they go great together! A fantastic walk around lens.
Excerpt: I bought this lens over the 18-200 after reading a lot of reviews. It fits in great between my 11-16mm Tokina and my 80-200 Nikon. It's a great walking around lens to have on my camera all the time. Although it's not quite as sharp as my other lenses, it's still very sharp!!! The only down side is that's it's a little heavy due to the good glass and higher quality build. All in all, I am very happy with this purchase and would recommend it to anyone.
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Good Quality Lens, Reliable, Sharp, Short Focal Length
Summary: I bought this over a year ago in preference to the 18-55 kit lens, here's why: It has a metal mount which way more robust than the kit lens, it has a useful improvement in the wide angle end of the focal range for indoor work and architectural shots and makes a great portrait lens too. Some say it is a great "walking around lens", which it is, but that term implies that it is average at everything. It's not. It's better.