Turkey is one of my favorite countries. Have been there several times (on business) but did get to spend a day walking the bazaar in Izmir. "I shall return". Always wanted to take the Orient Express line through the former Yugoslavia. Alas, more time than money.
As an update:
While the Vivitars (and manual lenses in general) work very well on modern DSLRs, I am finding the manual focusing, and extra weight, to be a little tedious. And for everyday shooting I do miss VR. Using the 18-105 VR in essentially the same range (i.e. 28-90) nets similar image quality, although not quite the same color and contrast, nor the f/2.8 advantage. However, tweeked in NX2 (using NEF) I can approximate those 28-90 qualities.
I still recommend this lens for the beginner, and as a tripod lens, as it seems to instill experimenting with manual controls in general. If you are a "tweeker" this is your lens. If you like to point-and-shoot quickly...maybe not. I will still use this lens from time-to-time for close-ups and product shots, but for everyday shooting... AF and VR! Yes we are spoiled.
For ~$76, for an f/2.8-3.5 lens, this is a fine addition to the collection. I still love using it, just not as my everyday lens.
The current consumer stuff really spoils us for quality D70. Amazing image quality available for not many $, it's nice to live in the 21st century
Indeed. For those of us who are hand-stability challenged, IS, VR, VC, etc. as well as being able to use much higher ISO, are a real step forward. I was getting tired of carrying a tripod or monopod everywhere for low-light shots.