"A great consumer-oriented lens--sharp and contrasty"4.0 starson by davidgarth
Pros: Slightly sharper and much lighter weight than the 17-55mm pro zoom I own. A great travel or "carry around" lens. The VR almost makes up for the slower maximum aperture. The AFS is fast focusing, color rendition is excellent and the zoom is smooth.
Cons: The mostly plastic construction doesn't appear to be a rugged as a pro-oriented lens. In telephoto it extends to an obscene degree and looks especially vulnerable to knocks and bumps. I always retract to wide angle before I carry it around.
Summary: I'm a part-time pro who's getting long in the tooth and tired of carrying around lots of heavy gear, so I've been trying to find lighter lenses that still provide excellent image quality. This is now my favorite lens for its versatility, handling and sharpness. 16 to 85 range is perfect for many situations on a DX camera. I take good care of my equipment and don't bang it around so I expect several years of good performance.
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