I for one am excited. Like some, I don't need the the added cost, weight and VR of the 16-35. Coming from Canon, what I needed was a replacement for the 17-40 I used on that system and this lens seems pretty close -- if not better (hopefully). After a couple months of consideration I was all but decided on the Tokina 16-28 -- despite its shortcomings. If this lens has the performance I would rather have a smaller lens that takes filters.