8 out of 10 points and recommendedFast;Small;Cheap;Good Qualityf3.5 is not enough, you still need a good 50 mm lens
I sold this lens to my brother together with my D70 Body. I really like the lens and bought a new one together with a D80 body.reviewed January 15th, 2007 (purchased for $355)
I really prefer this one above the 18-135mm lens because it has lower stops at 70mm
I really believe this is the best lens (with a great range) for only $350 in the market.
6 out of 10 points and not recommendedED elementsSlow focus speed; didn't like the quality @300mm
The main reasson i bought this lens was for budget reassons. I didn't want to spend more money, but i also didn't want the 'chaep' version.reviewed January 15th, 2007 (purchased for $400)
This lens has better quaity than the Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Nikkor (non-ED-version)
It also has an extra aperture ring.
Allthough the lens performed good in the 70-200mm range, i found it almost impossible to use the 200-300mm.
The slow focus speed and the f5.6 was to much for me. I sold this one and now i own the Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G VR AF Nikkor.
Buy it when you originally wanted the non-ED version. Don't buy it if you can manage to spend a little bit more to get a VR-ED version.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedExcellent Quality, VRPrice
Right now this lens is very hard to get, but if you have the chance; get one !reviewed January 15th, 2007 (purchased for $720)
The VR is a relief and the focus speed is faster than the 'old' non VR Lens. This lens is also slightly bigger, but it will fit nicely in almost every bag.
The only downside could be price comparing to other countries. In europe(holland) you pay aprox. $720 (cheapest i could find)
But the money is worth it.