Summary: This is a great lens optically, but the VR is a little useless when up close. It performs really well when I use manual focus, I had hoped to be able to get the best depth of field, but the shutter speed doesn't go high enough to avoid shake unless you set it and loose depth. I had hoped to be able to take shots in lower light without a tripod. It is great in bright sunny conditions though, and that's when you see the optics shine.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Easy To Clean, Rugged, Strong Construction