I got this lens back in January fully aware of what people here say about it because I wanted an extremely flexible walkround lens, and ever since I've been trying to work out why it's reputation is so bad. Sharpness does not seem to be a problem with this lens even at the (supposedly) soggy 200mm end. examples:- http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/nature-wildlife/161965-spring-has-sprung.html http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/nature-wildlife/157938-gull-practice.html Ok I admit it has problems with barrel and pincusion distortion but these days this is so easily correctable in post that it's a non issue for me - Hell, I can even do it in camera. Having said that I've never played with lenses such as the Nikkor 70-200VR. is this a case of "what I've never had I'll never miss"?