Summary: This lens is a great performer. I had been using it throughout the "old ages" film days with my F3, FM, and F100. Loved it then. Moved into the digital age with a D100, D70s, D40, D5100 and D7000. Found the vignetting not to my taste and had to move (and purchase) D series lens to get the look.
Get one if you're on a budget. If you need perfection, get the 16-35
4 February 2013
Summary: Good lens for it's price when bought used. I would think twice before buying one new, because the "new" price is a bit high. Imeges are sharp in the center, CA and flare are low. AF is very fast. On the downside: Edges are no better than "acceptable". Extreme corners are really bad at every aperture. I rate it 4*, because you can find it cheap and get something out of it. It's a good budget lens, but it's not a great lens.
Great value, wonderful lens for small spaces or scenic shots
6 September 2012
Summary: I bought this product because I wanted a closer range; the 35mm just wasn't doing it for the breakdancing events I was shooting.The lens is light, quiet, and fairly quick. I have no complaints! I got it a great cost too.
Summary: Zoom or Prime? Yes, you can get better picture quality using Nikkor 20mm, 24mm, 28mm, and 35mm prime lenses. The difference would be noticeable on fine-grain slide film under a powerful loupe. But for those folks using an FX format Nikon DSLR, the convenience of carrying this lens instead of the other 4 is well worth it UNLESS you intend to print A1 poster-sized wall-art from your digital images.