Excerpt: Use this lens for back yard birding and some sports. Took it to a NFL training camp and for my distance from the field, got some great shots. Compared to my old non-vr version it is somewhat larger but the vr is worth it. Was somewhat leery about a refurb but after reading many positive reports on photo forums I took a chance-lens looks like new!
Excerpt: I ordered this refurb lens after hearing of several others who have done so successfully, and WOW! It arrived fast and in mint condition! This lens is a quick focus budget telephoto with GREAT image quality, and the manual focus override is an awesome feature! So many features/benefits, I won't bore you with them here, but don't be leery about this lens. It's a semi-pro performance for a budget price piece of equipment!
Summary: I bought this lens over a month ago and returned it after 2 weeks. You get what you pay for. The shocking thing is it is made by Nikon ! The lens never focused sharp at any focal length. AT 300 mm it was almost OOF. Threw tons of pictures away as every one of them was unsharp at even under 300mm. I bought it to make it easier to carry as my Nikon 70-200mm F 2.8 weighs a ton. I read quite a few positive reviews before I made the purchase.
Excerpt: This lens & a Nikon 18-200vr & a Kenko Pro300 1.4X TC & a good DX Nikon body are a light-weight, compact system capable of quality results when you don't want to haul the pro glass around. I've gotten some of my better shots shooting without tripods and heavy lenses, cameras. This lens has been around for a while and has many expert reviews using sophisticated equipment, so go there for critical reviews. As for Cameta- Excellent all the way.
Pros: Compact, Easy to Use, Great Picture Quality, Lightweight
Excerpt: Excellent lens for the money, if you can live with few quirks being a used lens than this is the one for you. Received one with scratched glass and Cameta customer service did replace immediately. second one has no scratches but I can see couple of dust particles in lens,probably from opening the lens for service. For the type of photography that I do I can live with this "small" problem.