Excerpt: Its nicely balanced on my D80. Quiet sharp, light & the VR helps in handholding for closeup macros of small insects, dragonfly, damselflies & butterflies. I got this as a alternative to the big 105mm VR as the cost difference is worth considering towards getting an 85mm VR. The f/3.5 doesn't really matter to the limited amount of amateaur shooting I do & I did not really saw the need for a faster f/2.8. Overall a good deal.