Just wondering how it stacks up against the kit 18-55mm. I see the specs of course, but I'm curious if anyone has had real world experience with it and can tell a difference in picture quality.
For what it's worth...
I found a nice used copy of the 18-70mm f/3.4-4.5G DX after reading several very good reviews. I've been very pleased with it. But I've had several folks on another forum assure me that the 17-55mm f/2.8G DX is head-and-shoulders above it and is the lens I should try on my D200 and D500.
A couple of folks who owned both were very adamant about it. I was convinced enough that I'd try one if I wasn't more concerned with weight and size. (I use my D200 as a "glorified point-'n'-shoot" so I prefer a compact lens and my D500 usually wears a telephoto. )
Either one is gonna be a bit in future if it happens though, as I don't currently have the funds. This was more kind of a "if I hit the lottery" thing, lol. Or maybe a "there's one super cheap on KEH, and wifey wants my Christmas list"
I'm a big lumbering manly-man who only complains about weight when his wife asks him to carry something for her. Then, for some reason I can't explain, it's an issue....