This has to be world's most amazing piece of photographic equipment. No it's not the absolute sharpest or lightest but when considering the range it covers, sharpness at all focal lengths and zoom levels and the price t0 build quality ratio it is a no brainer. I keep wondering why I waited so long.
Here it is at 18MM, quick snapshot of my lawn
At 200MM from the same distance, notice how sharpness does not suffer, no visible distortion. Detail is amazing, to et an idea of how far I am look at the flower bucket in the first pic.
Parking lot at work at 18MM
and zoomed in at 200mm
All pics straight from the camera, no cropping or alterations made except a slight crop on the last image to better frame the plant.
If anyone has a Nikon, get one now. If you are thinking of a Camera, get the Nikon D40X with this lens. You will not regret it.