Summary: I've been using this lens on and off for about 4 months now I believe. It's an amazing lens, takes bold pictures and does a great job at reducing noise. One reason I can't reccomend this lens is it's not a 250$ noticeable difference. You're better off getting yourself a 18-140 VR for the same price.
Summary: I was looking for a lens that would complement my 70-300mm Nikon zoom lenses. So far, it has proven to be a very cost effective purchase. I am very pleased with the results, using it extensively on a vacation trip to Blowing Rock, NC.