7 out of 10 points and recommendedLong focal length range for a low priceVery SOFT at 400mm wide-open, but good 2 stops down (except corners). Slow autofocus.
I bought this to shoot airshows and kids' outdoor sports (soccer, baseball, football), originally on a film body but the last few years on a DX digital body. For those uses it is great, considering I paid so little for it. However the autofocus is way too slow for moving subjects, even in daylight, so I focus it manually nearly all the time. A "10"...for the money.reviewed January 11th, 2011 (purchased for $190)
10 out of 10 points and recommendedSharp, fast, built like a tank.Heavy to haul around for very long. A-M switch broke, had to tape it in one pos.
2-touch. Bought used about 10 years ago to shoot kids' high school stage shows and outdoor sports in low light; also have used it for portraits and about a dozen weddings. Perfect for all the above. Very sharp at any aperture and focal length. My choice was not this vs. spend $2000 more on the 70-200 VR, it was this or a 70-210 f/4. I have been very happy with this lens on both film & DX digital bodies.reviewed January 19th, 2011 (purchased for $400)
9 out of 10 points and recommendedSharp over most of the range, nice VR, great for the $A bit larger than I would like, disappointing IQ at 300mm wide-open
Bought "Nikon refurbished" but it looks new. Between this and the 55-300 @$399, I liked the size & weight of the 55-300 but it took longer for the VR to stabilize and AF was slower, so got the 70-300 because I would use it for sports and candids where a quick response was essential. My only disappointment is IQ at 300mm at or near wide open (which is where I use it a lot). The dealer did not have Tamron's new 70-300 and having not yet read anything about it I dismissed it, but that may have bee a mistake as I have read that at 300mm it's sharper than this Nikon, and less expensive.reviewed January 20th, 2011 (purchased for $425)