How about a used AF28-105 f3.5-4.5D? This lens is very sharp, and has some of the lowest distortion ever in a Nikkor zoom. It's a combination of metal and plastic, and has a heft to it that is more substantial than the kit zooms. These can be found very inexpensively. This was my normal zoom on film. I've had mine for 12 years and if I ever add an FX camera to my kit, it will be my normal lens again. You could probably get this lens and a used 85 f1.8D for less than the Tamron, and also get superior image quality.