"Great travel lens"4.5 starson by gsuen
Pros: I have a D80 and purchased this lens/body combination new for the trip. The lens worked great and I took over 2000 shots.
Recently I used 18mm to take a large crowd, except for the edges, the shot was sharp across the entire frame.
Cons: Certainly there is a big compromise in the all in one lens, especially at 18mm where things are obviously distorted. The reviews say that the there is also considerable distortion at 70mm, which is hard to avoid using unless you pay close attention.
Summary: I took this to China with me. It was great to have one lens and not have to worry about changing lenses. Having the full focal range made life easy when taking pictures on the run. Since I bought the lens and body specifically to take with me to on my trip, I had no experience with either as this was my first D-SLR. Though I could have used more of the capabilities of the combo, I think I came out with some terrific shots. I do recommend a tripod, remote, and a weatherproof bag if you attempt to do the same.