Ok, I've read on quite a few sites just how sharp this lens is, I have owned two of this model, the first came with a Nikon D3100 as a kit lens which I sold without useing much to upgrade to a larger tele lens. I now realise that was a mistake. I purchaced another copy on ebay about 1 year ago, just so I had one in my bag. Recently I broke my leg and am stuck in a wheel chair for the next 2 months so I thought I'd get to know my lenses better in order to be a better photographer when I can get around again.
As a result I've been testing lens sharpness in a shoot out situation (Differant F stops, same subject and range). The first lenses I tested were all prime 50mm, then I moved on to my tele lenses, as soon as I saw the pics taken with my Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18mm - 55mm f/3.5 - 5.6 G VR Lens, I was shocked at just how sharp the pics were. The only other tele that matches or slightly exeeds it is my $1000 28-300 F3.5-6 super tele. Wow, I couldn't belive it so I went back and comparied the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18mm - 55mm f/3.5 - 5.6 G VR Lens to some of nikons sharpest glass, the 85mm F1.8 and the 50mm F1.4, the end result is, this little zoom is 90% as sharp as my fastest glass, and to top it off cost less than 10% of the "big guns"!
Don't be fooled people, this is a great lens, some will complain about the limited zoom range, or the 3.5 F stop but for every day shooting in the field or chasing kids, you would be mad not to own one. In fact I'd go as far as this, if I could only own one lens I would seriously consider this one.
When we get our first DSLR we all tend to think bigger, faster more expensive lenses of bodies will improve the images we make, WRONG. I was told that by very experienced photographers when I started, but failed to heed the warning, spent lots of $$$$ and was still not improving my output. So I went back to the basics and learnt about the lenses and bodies I already own, now my pics have improved out of site, and I delete 99% less than I used too, mainly because I think before I shoot and take 90% less in volume. Hope this review help some new shooters out there.
To finish of, grab a Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18mm - 55mm f/3.5 - 5.6 G VR Lens, you'll love it! Cheers Paul