7 out of 10 points and recommendedVR, Size, Focal Lengthspeed of focus, sharpness under f8
I purchased this lens prior to a trip to South Africa. The length of the lens at 400mm on my digital camera (d70) was perfect for most of the wildlife I shot. I was part of a larger tour group, and had to shoot mainly from the window of the bus (opened window). I discovered that most shots with f-stops from f3-f8 were a bit fuzzy or not focused on the right location. f8 gave me enough depth of field to be guaranteed that my 'eyes' were in focus.reviewed December 9th, 2006 (purchased for $1,200)
The VR works wonderfully, but the sharpest shots are still made with a tripod.
I would like to compare the results of this lens to a 70-200vr and teleconverter setup.
8 out of 10 points and recommendedsize, focal lengths providednot quite wide enough
I own the older, 24-120 before VR.reviewed December 9th, 2006 (purchased for $300)
Great wedding lens. Quick focal length from 24 - 120.