10 out of 10 points and recommendedLarge aperture, excellent build, quick and immaculate focusing, very sharp, superb image quality, useful VRHeavy, especially if this is not the only lens you are carring arround
This lens is not cheap, but it is worth every single penny. From the moment you pick it up you can feel this lens is a serious peice of glass. The hood is plastic and very easy to snap on and of. I would however recomend keeping it on at all times to protect the lens. The barel is metal, with Rubber on both zoom and focus rings help for easy control.reviewed April 27th, 2007 (purchased for $1,300)
The lens is very well thought through, to the point that it has a rubber gasquet at the mount, making sure that no unnecessary dust will be introduced into the camera.
The image quality is amazing. I used this lens for sports and wild life photography, both with and without Nikon 2X Teleconverter. I used it for some portrets, and in some low light situations. The VR and good camera holding technique will take you to as low as 1/15 of a second.
For me this lens is an etalon of quality and built. And it is my favorite lens out of all that I own.
I Highly Recomend it. (Of couse if you don't need VR, you can go with Sigma 70-200 which is also an excellent lens).