Thanks very much for posting that review, Mark, and the great-looking photos. I am VERY interested in this lens, but wanted to get some user reports on it before ordering. I've seen some positive reports other places, but so far I think two other Nikonians have given their impressions. One was disappointed enough to send it back, and the other was weighing whether to keep it. So, I'd love to hear any further thoughts you have (you've already given us a pretty good idea, though), and anybody else's experience with the lens.
I do like the fact that it's pretty small and lightweight, seems to have good image quality, and isn't too expensive. And the 55-300 zoom range makes it look like a very versatile lens to have.