Summary: This is a fine lens, certainly capable of reaching out and touching subjects at long distances, but it needs to be paired with a camera that has the built-in autofocus. Nikon probably left that motor off this lens because of its already hefty weight. While one can focus it manually, the lens is so sensitive, doing so takes precious time -- enough to allow wildlife to move or disappear. You can still get a money shot of a bird or squirrel, but you'll have to work hard.
Excerpt: This is a great lens if you know its strengths and weaknesses, and use it accordingly. The image quality of the lens is quite good up to 300mm. It then starts to degrade, and is noticebly soft at the edges above 350mm when used with an FX sensor based DSLR. Nevertheless, if the subject is primarily in the center of the frame, the quality of the image will be high.
Excerpt: I purchased this lens primarily for an upcoming safari trip. I could not afford the latest version so took advantage of the Nikon discount. I have rented this lens before and tried it out at my local zoo. On a clear day this lens produces excellent shots. In fact, for me, they were as good as those I took with a rented Nikon 70-200 f/2.8. On an overcast day, or even late in the day, my shots begin to suffer.
Excerpt: Amateur use. Enjoy family portraits and some wildlife. See attached image of young Deer in a field. Zoom to 400mm, equivalent 600mm on D7000 handheld 1/60 at ASA 400 braced on a fence. VR is great.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, New To Vr And It Is Nice, Nice Bokeh
Summary: I use these lens mostly to take photos of birds. I'm generally quite happy with the quality of the photos. You can shoot crisp images with great colors. This lens has a few things I don't like too much though. Focussing is slow, and what is worse, sometimes it cannot focus at all and then get "stuck" at one end. The only trick I've discovered to fix that is to zoom out, focus again and then zoom in again.
Excerpt: I use this lens to take wildlife pictures and landscapes and I am very satisfied with it´s perfomance and the quality of the pictures. It´s useful for register the my wildlife exploration trips and the luminosity is good if you compare with the other options in the market.
Pros: Clear, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Strong Construction