Marty4650: Andy.... thanks for another extremely well written lens review.
I am not particularly fond of superzoom lenses, but you have done a very nice job of explaining the pros and cons of this lens for people who might be interested in this sort of lens.
If anyone wants a "one lens solution" then this could be it for them.
dont' understand the implications that super zoom users don't care about IQ. Everything is a tradeoff. Size and weight for example, a huge factor some of us approaching the "golden years" or anyone w/back/neck trouble. I'd rather get a shot that won't hold up to a huge magnification than not get it at all. BTW, I don't own a superzoom yet, but will be getting this one. Also, it seems like technology has improved superzooms lately. I remember when just plain "zooms" came out, no serous photographer would use one. As far as cost, no argument that the pro lenses are better, but my real word experience is that if you triple the cost, you don't triple the IQ.