8 out of 10 points and recommendedNice zoom. Nice images. VR works really well in the 1/5-1/30 range.VR does not tend to work as well as I would have expected in the 1/40-1/100 range
I am editing this review based on new information.reviewed January 30th, 2012 (purchased for $250)
The VR in this lens works really well at the slower shutter speeds and really seems to shine in the 1/5 to 1/30 range (I have not tested in in the slower range).
Once in the 1/40-1/100 range the VR for some reason is hit or miss. Sometimes you are better off without the VR on (especially if you are not required to track your subject) since it may cause some image blur. But if you are having to track your subject then you probably are still better with the VR on.
I have some situations where 1/10-1/20 shutter speed gives me a more clear image than at the 1/50 shutter speed because of this. So I have learned to actually dial down the shutter speed if I am forced to use the low speeds due to the lighting conditions - with some quite impressive results.
Now that I have learned (I think) the peculiarities of this lens I find myself much happier with its performance.