Excerpt: All zooms are a certain compromise between acutance and versatility, so I won't go into comparisons to fixed focal lengths. This particular lens offers respectable sharpness, but that's not the primary purpose of a zoom in the first place–that purpose is TO GET THE PICTURE FIRST, WORRY ABOUT THE REST LATER. For street shooting, travel photography and general non-assigned photography, this lens covers all the strategic bases.
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.