I opted for this lens after taking my name off the waiting list for the 18-200VR. Big mistake, I should have waited. I have used this lens in a variety of situations and I am constantly disappointed by the softness. Most recently I traveled with it through China and when I returned home I become more and more angry as I edited the shots.
I admit I could have a bad copy, and the lens has potential. Still, I plan to sell it.