Gene Paull , Jun 28, 2008; 08:32 p.m.
I don't know anything about the 18-55, except that it has a plastic mount and barrels. About a month ago, my D80/16-85 combo, somehow, after an hr. on the tripod, separated from the quick release plate on onto the rocks! Lens hood and filter were shattered, plus the on/off switch and shutter release of the D80 destroyed. Back to Nikon. The 16-85, with its metal barrels, and mount, was intact. The only thing Nikon Service had to do was to calibrate and run some tests on the lens. I'm thinking plastic barrels/lens mount would have been a total loss.