9 out of 10 points and recommendedSmall, light, and sharper than expectedNo AF-S
This lens is perfect for hiking or travel because it is so compact for the reach it provides. It works great from an unstable platform because of the VR. I bought a second one so that my wife and I can both use them from our kayaks. Image quality may not be quite as good as the 200-400, but is still better than expected based on the reviews I've read. Even "wide" open the results are very usabel all the way out to 400 mm. Would be nice if the lens had AF-S, though.reviewed November 14th, 2006 (purchased for $1,100)
8 out of 10 points and recommendedFast aperture, fast focus with HSM, best "normal" lens for D-SLRNot as sharp as it could be...
This lens makes excellent low light images, especially if subject isolation is desired. Borders and edges are much less sharp - worse even than Nikon consumer zooms.reviewed November 14th, 2006