Summary: From a Nikon D70 to a D90 to a full frame D3 with a fast lens. I bit the bullet and invested in a Nikon D3 and a Nikon 70 - 200mm f/2 AF -S VR lens. Finally got what I wanted and not a bit sorry.
Summary: Just take the word of those who have written extensive positive reviews about this lens. They are all right. It's fast, not as heavy as others make it sound. It's lighter than the VRll version and provides the same IQ.
Summary: I've had this lens for several years, and yes I wish it were smaller and lighter. But recently I compared the results i get with it to my other top Nikon lenses (the 85 mm 1.4, the 14-24 2.8 zoom, etc).
Summary: Almost every full-time pro photographer who uses Nikon will own one of these lenses. Really, it is one of a couple of standards that pro's cannot live without. The 17-35 f/2.8 is the other, and many will carry the 24-70 lens f/2.8 as well.
Summary: Purchased this lens just two weeks ago. Right after purchase, i scheduled two photoshoots...as i was eager to test this lens capabilities. The weight is somewhat heavy, but compared to the Tamron 70-200 VC lens, and the Sigma..its about on par and lighter than the Nikon 80-200 f/2.8 D lens.
Fantastic lens, worth the money! You will not be disappointed.
8 June 2013
Summary: If you are here looking at reviews, you are probably looking for a good zoom lens, probably debating if you need the constant aperture of 2.8 or not, or if this Nikon lens is worth the money as it is fairly the same price of competing 3rd party lenses in its class.
Summary: An extraordinary lens. I got mine as a refurb from Cameta. Ultrasharp pictures, extraordinary Bokeh, and the added benefit of VR for handheld shots. It is one of three lenses that I use with my D800; the other being the 17-35mm (bests the 16-35mm), and the 24-120mm.
What's not to love? Oh - the weight...I'll deal with it :-)
12 February 2012
Summary: I love this lens too much to complain about the weight. Well - Ok I will complain a little. It IS heavy for me. To compensate I purchased this neck strap for handheld shooting, works great. Handheld is unbelievably sharp. Otherwise I use my mono or tripod. 'nuf said on weight.