Bought this lens very recently and I can truly say that this lens is as sharp as you can get (nikon D80 Fuji S3 pro). Very, very pleased with colour rendition and contrast. I have been into photography for 30 years and this is my most pleasing purchase! Mine isn't "D" type but I am finding it fast enough for general everyday focusing. Brilliant! All metal construction gives a good feel and a quality finish. Have spent the last few years trying Tamron, Sigma lenses etc but you just can't beat Nikon lenses provided you do your research! (Although I am pleased with my sigma 10-20)!
If you are here because you are thinking of buying, go back now and buy it!