First thing I noticed about this lens was how light and compact it was. It's body is made of plastic and so is the plastic lens mount. I dont think that this will survive when dropped or banged so it's a no no for rough assignments. Mounting the lens on my D70, it gives a small play in the lens mount, not tight and play-free as my other metal mount Nikkors. The focusing is a bit slow as expected since this lens still uses the old Nikon screw focusing mechanism on my D70.
Image quality is where this lens really shines. It's tack sharp and contrasty. Colors seem to pop more compared to my D70 kit lens 18-70. The zoom range is just perfect for an all around lens for street portraits. The bokeh produced in the longer focal lenghts is very pleasing. I also like the near macro close focusing abilities of this lens. Combined with an ultrawide 12-24 this would make a near perfect travel lens kit if you still have not bought the 18-200VR superzoom.