Everyone seems to call the Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 a beast, so that's what I'm naming mine . I've been reading up on it while I'm waiting for mine to be delivered. I particularly liked Tom Hill's review. Here's an excerpt. "28-70mm f/2.8 AF-S Nikkor - This lens is a beast in every meaning of the term. It's a beast to carry around since it weighs about the same as my Nikon D2h. It's a beast when people see you carrying one meaning it's a symbol in their eyes you mean business. It's a beast when shooting people with it. There's no subtley when this lens is pointed at you. It distracts people who haven't worked around a lens like this before because it's so large. It's a beast anyway you shake it. But there's a benefit to all this. The auto-focus speed is incredibly fast. Its sharpness is beyond reproach. I think it might even be sharper than my 70-200 f/2.8 AF-S VR at 70mm's. What about its other optical characteristics? The contrast is awesome. The bokeh--how out of focus background look--is smooth as can be. It doesn't flare that much when pointed at the sun. Even then, the supplied lens hood does a good job blocking the sun. Optical quality is great. Now, its super-wide aperture is a huge difference when out in the field for those low light occasions. When combined with a D-series camera, you have a moderate telephoto that easily finds a niche for those dawn/dusk situations with cooperative mammals. In fact, I like shooting most of my environmental shots with this lens in these situations. Overall, I find this lens on my camera more often than any other due to its middle of the road versatility and incredible capability on the optical side. Highly recommended as an overall lens--my most used lens--and definitely useful for those willing to suffer through the hunched backs and painful shoulders carrying the thing around." I also got a chuckle out of these comments by a DPR forum member: "My feet still have not landed. Its big and imposing. People think your some kind of paparatsie (sp?) with it on the front of your camera. Will probable have my wife bury it with me when I die." A beast that inspires that kind of loyalty must be worth owning.