I was looking for a reasonably inexpensive way to fill the gap between my 17-50mm Tamron and 80-200mm Nikon lenses for photojournalism. I wanted something that would let me zoom-frame and that could do macro in a pinch. All to fill out a three lens f/2.8 (plus telextender) small kit. Originally I had rejected the 35-70mm as too old and too limited, but decided to take a hands-on look after a local wedding photographer listed his at a reasonable price. Tried it out the other day, and guess what will be in my bag next week? Here are two of the shots that convinced me. The first is a non-scaled portrait of Joseph, the photographer, shot at 35mm and f/4 in front of the Jones Library, Amherst, MA. Joe was a really nice guy and we had a good time talking photography. He has added a 50-150 Sigma to his kit so the 35-75 doesn't fit so well any more. Note the sharpness and the skin tone, as well as that "look" that the best of the older Nikon lenses seem to have. No added sharpening, just transfer: Here is a half-size shot of the library wall at 70mm and f/4.5. In this case I added transfer sharpening, as the image was being downsized. Can you define "sharp": Thanks to Nute and Robert and Stuart and others who have posted here showing examples of this lens. Those pics helped me decide to pursue it. I think I am going to be happy with this in my "small kit". The 35 2, 50 1.4, 85 1.8, and Sigma Macro will replace it in the "large kit", but one replacing four ain't bad!