Nikkor 17-55m has always been the king of the mid range zooms.
Expensive new but a real bargain at used prices.
Sharp, contrasty & the blazing fast AF of the Nikkor Pro zooms.
i tried a couple of Tamrons first. Second one was OK but focus was slooowww.
it gets people taking & sharing images which is pretty good.
They range from relentless amounts of duckface selfies & shots of yor dinner right through to amazing (although small) shots of epic locations & everything inbetween.
many people use it as a visual journal like mentioned above which...