I spent a few minutes this morning on Nikon's web site comparing the MTF charts for the new 18-105 VR lens to the other DX zooms. http://imaging.nikon.com/products/imaging/lineup/lens/af/dx/af-s_dx_18-105mmf_35-56g_ed_vr/index.htm One thing is very clear....the new lens' performance is much more akin to the 18-135 (and to a lesser degree the 16-85) than to the other Nikon DX zooms. It has slightly higher (but not as uniform center-to-wide) contrast than the 18-135, the previous champ in this area. It has substantially higher resolution in the center 2/3rds of the image (out to 10mm) than any other DX zoom. In this reagard it bests the 18-135 and 16-85 in the center, but not the 18-135 at the edges which it essentially equals. I suspect new D90 users will be very happy with this lens, and if it is made available separately so should be the rest of us DX shooters. Of course hands-on reviews may reveal a flaw, but the basics as per the MTF's look excellent.