After a long wait, I finally got the new Nikon lens I have been dreaming about. The Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8. I can definitely tell a difference in this pro quality lens. It is all metal, sealed, and built like a tank! It's pretty heavy, but I like that.
I really love having a "fast" lens with a constant f/2.8 aperture for isolating the subject and blurring the background into a creamy "bokeh".
Here is the first image I shot with it. There will definitely be more to come. I doubt this lens will spend much time off my camera.