Excerpt: Hardest thing to learn from using this lens is that one doesn't have to be right on top of the subject to get a nice close up image. It provides a very sharp image with pleasing blurred background.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: This lens can be used as a macro for close ups or as a general lens for photography and portraits. It is sharp, has VR and relatively fast lens. Downside is it tends to hunt for the focus. But nudging the focus ring manually will gain you the correct focus.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I have known about the quality of the optics in this family of macro/portrait lens since I was a kid but I was never in a position to afford it until the Nikon rebate. I have already used it and gotten both great portrait photos, and very close photos of flowers. The wait was worth it. As far as some comments on the focus having "hunting" issues on close focus, that is what manual focus is meant for.
Excerpt: Bought the lens for Macro and also for portraits and food photography. It focuses so fast that I have enjoyed using it to take some action shots of my dogs as well. It is a hefty lens which means it probably won't often be in the bag for travel.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I am very happy with the image quality of this lens. It performs great as a short telephoto, low-lighting and macro lens. The good: -Image quality -Fast and quiet autofocus (very fast) -Good low-lighting performance -Nice bokeh -Excellent ergonomics, feels very comfortable (the lens is a little heavy, but thanks to the great ergonomics it doesn't feel heavy on your hands).
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh