Excerpt: Very sharp, fast and heavy. I use an SLR mostly to photograph flat art where I need a better tonal scale than smaller sensors. At around f5 the lightweight, inexpensive kit lens image quality looks about the same so I returned the 14-54.
Excerpt: Without a shadow of doubt a much better, brighter, sharper lens than the usual kit lens. I use this lens for everything from underwater to panoramic and highly recommend it. Great macro (considering it's not a macro lens) and good shadow detail.
Summary: Very good multi purpose lens, does not have to much of a zoom if you compare it to the 18-180, when buying lenses typically can not buy one that fits all needs, however the 14-54 comes close. Good lens, I only gave it 4 stars because I am no expert in the subject, only a satisfied customer.
Summary: The Nikon 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 lens is a good lens. It should have been the kit lens with my E510. The 14-54 makes the auto features of the camera work properly because it lets in so much light. However, since I mostly wanted it for casual use it really stretched my budget, at over $400.