Better than expected
The VR seems to be just ok, I turn it off whenever I can as it does effect image quality, but if you in a bind and your the shutter speed is running dangerously low I turn it on to save the shot. The ED glass really shines, this lens has much better quality then the kit lens. I would dare say that you could use this lens as a portrait lens as the Bokah is really pronounced when you get over 85mm zoom, and the ED glass on top of that makes really desirable pictures with low chromatic aberrations and distortions. It may be built like a cheaper lens but it is housing some serious technology. I also find the auto focus relatively fast.