10 out of 10 points and recommendedconstant f/2.8; HSM is fast on D70; nice bokehbig, heavy, always needs the hood, and it's heavy :)
Pros:reviewed January 11th, 2006 (purchased for $750)
I have the newer -DG model of this lens and use it with a Nikon D70. Images (portraits & outdoor sports) are tack sharp -- even at f/2.8. The lens seems to be very sturdy & very well built. From what I can tell, the HSM on this lens keeps up quite well with the Nikkor 70-200 AF-S.
When using this lens for portraits, I love the bokeh -- my wife thinks it is a bit harsh, though. I will agree that it's no 85 f/1.4 ...
Downsides: Minor issues. I would love to have VR, but this lens was half the price -- and this lens meets my needs. It _is_ heavy, but that's the "price" you pay for a constant f/2.8. Since US$750 was my limit, I also considered the Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 AF-D, but the focusing speed was too slow for my tastes.
Minimum focus distance of 2m/6ft can be an annoyance -- but it's average for this type of lens. I've used the non-DG version before and can say that the -DG version significantly reduces flare/ghosting -- as advertised. You still have to use the hood outside, though. However, most folks I know with the Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VR don't go out without the hood either...