Excerpt: It's a good walkaround lens. Don't confuse this with a prime lens for a pro gig (imo). Well I suppose you could, but I'm no pro. It is a kit lens, and it does to the job. But the bokeh isn't that spectacular like a 50mm 1.4 would have. I do love this lens because if you're doing a walkaround and need a good quality, semi-durable (don't drop it my first one shattered), medium focusing lens, this one is for you.
Summary: So what if this is a kit lense? When nikon decided to make this a kit lense, I am sure they did their research. Nikon would not pick a bad lense to go with a d7000 (which was my case). Anyway....yes it is not the same performer as the 24-70 or N coated but I have taken shots with this lense and have gotten many compliments.
Excerpt: I broke my original lens and bought this one used and it was in great condition. It's a great basic, zoom that gets the job done. The focus is a little slow though and a little wonky. I found myself more than a few times having to hold the focus lock down.