Meet and exceeded all expectations...10-out-of-10...Period!
Ali Navaie, Amazon
2 September 2014
Summary: It took me a while before I pulled the trigger on this amazing lens...and the wait was foolish on my part. Let me be very clear: if you want the best and most versatile telephoto lens, within the Nikon line-up This IS the lens to get. Don't do what I did and fight the passion inside...once mounted on your DSLR, each time you hit the shutter button, you will kick yourself for waiting as much as you did. Every, and I mean, every review about this lens is true..
Summary: It's been said over and over how great this lens so I wont bore you with all that. What I will say is that many are wondering if you can handhold this lens. I would say yes to that but only for short periods. I use it for portraits. If for longer periods, I use a mono pod. If you are shooting video and are using a mono pod, remember to turn off the VR.
Summary: Purchased the lens a couple of days ago and used it to photograph small birds and animals with the Nikon TC20E-III 2x teleconverter. The pictures are excellent and I am very impressed. Relative to the Nikon 300mm f4 lens this one offers the following advantages: 1) Much faster focusing that is always dead on. 2) VR which is very useful for handheld shots It is rumored that Nikon is developing a 300 mm f4 with VR to be released later in 2014.
Summary: Sorry for the language but just saying its good is not doing it justice. It is expensive but with it you great a fast, bright, and tack on sharp lens. I do not use the VR because I shoot Pro sports and am shooting in the range of 1/3400 of a second. The creamy backgrounds remove all those distractions. Note to the novice or first timer, 300mm are a great lense but do not try to make a shot where it does not exist.
Excerpt: This lens replaced a 300 f4 and the difference is amazing. Coupled to a TC-20E it is a useful wildlife and bird lens without being too heavy. The autofocus is fast and I can even hand hold this thing for a little while on a bright day. With the TC-20 autofocus still works well and very little decline in sharpness. Plan on getting a really sturdy tripod to get the best out of this lens.