10 out of 10 points and recommendedf/2.8 @200mm sharp, great color, contrast?
I use this lens for baseball and birding, occasional portraits and pet pics. I can freeze the action at 1/3200s without cranking the ISO much to my client's (minor league team) pleasure, can stip BIF and make pleasing blurred BG.reviewed July 4th, 2008 (purchased for $950)
If you plan on shooting faster than 1/500s, you won't need the VR.
I love this lens!
10 out of 10 points and recommendedFast, sharp, good color rendition, lightweight, inexpensive.
This focal length was so so on my D80, but on my new D700 it's fabulous! Portraits coming out very attractive.reviewed December 22nd, 2008 (purchased for $400)
Costs 1/4 of it's Nikkor equivilent. If you are a full time pro, treating your gear roughly, peraps you need the sturdiness of the $1600 lens. Then again you could goe through four of these to break even. If you stop it down to f/4, you probably can't tell the difference.