I recently bought another copy of this lens, the results of which proved to be better in relation to the previous one. This raises, of course, questions regarding copy variation, but it also means I need to amend my original review. New information in Red. The photos are also new.
There's been quite a few older versions of this lens. I've worked extensively with this newer one, and I still can't make up my mind whether it's worth it or not.
+ fast tele zoom at a competitive price
+ nice push-pull MF activation switch...
- ... but it ain't as great as the instant MF override of the AF-S lenses
|f/4.5 at 110mm. Flawless, pretty much|
|200mm and f/2.8 - very good, way better than the first copy|
- those wanting a better (and faster) tele zoom than a consumer 70-300
- normal people (=not pros) wanting photos of their kids indoor sports
- portraits (but there are better options, too)
- walk-around lens (lack of VR means you probably need a monopod)
high-resolution scenes (e.g. foliage)fast action. Image quality being fine, the only real issue is the slow and unreliable autofocus
- anyone satisfied with the Nikkor AF-S 70-300 VR